Welcome to our Zebra news. Here you can find out what social events we’re organising and what’s happening in your neighbourhood as well as our news. Contact Zebra housing@zebrahousing.com on any issues and to express your views on anything that we do. We want to find out how we can make Zebra better.

January 20, 2020

ZEBRA NEWS January 2020

We’ve started the New Year with a spring in our step. We have an ambitious programme of work this year and we are looking forward to it.

Gordon Stevens and Peter Comyns

Over the Christmas holiday period we were informed of the deaths of two old Zebra hands - Gordon Stevens and Peter Comyns. Both Gordon and Peter were in their 90s and had been associated with Zebra, which is now 60 years old, in the early days.

Gordon was a Board member and the Zebra Chair for a number of years. He only retired from the Board about 6 years ago but prior to that he had had a very distinguished business career as the boss of Unilever. He was an unceasing supporter of Zebra, he always made time to talk to staff  and he brought humour, a steely compassion and wisdom to the Board.  He actually passed away in September but we were not informed until late December so we were not able to attend his memorial service. There were obituaries in the Times and Telegraph which attest to his qualities and describe a really stellar career. He is remembered with immense affection by staff and Board members who knew him

Peter Comyns was an early member of Zebra (supporting and actually managing the Marloes Road scheme), a Board member for a number of years and more recently was involved with the Zebra Trust, our sister organisation, which assists with education in Africa.

 

January 20, 2020

Board News

The Board and it’s committees is responsible for the oversight of Zebra and setting out its strategic direction. The Audit and Risk Committee and Board will meet in late January and early February 2020 to approve the budget and major plans for 2020/21. The major highlights of this are

to refit 10 flats in the course of the year to include kitchens, bathrooms and furniture

to redecorate the front of Jerome House

to refurbish the staircase at 34 Impala

to improve our IT, to provide a portal to enable residents to pay rent, see your account, and book repairs and for Zebra to reduce its use of paper

to consider a sustainability strategy

to appoint a Treasurer (a formal Board position)

 

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House has been completed and we believe all the snagging issues have been resolved. However if any resident still has a problem they should let us know. We’ve be redecorated the basement corridor area, which was much affected by the works and next year we’ll be repainting the external front of the building at ground and first floors levels.

The installation of the new fire detection system at Jerome has also now largely been completed. We’ve replaced heat detectors with smoke detectors in kitchens because that’s what the regulations require but that is causing the alarm to be activated more regularly when there is excessive smoke from cooking. We are still looking at ways to alleviate this but residents can help by opening windows if there’s a lot steam/smoke from cooking.

We’ve started the repairs to the flank wall at Carleton Road and they will be completed by the end of January. The wall was damaged by tree roots from a very large leylandii. This has now been removed and we’ll be doing some replanting in January/February.

We hope to start work on the stairwell at 34 Chalcot Crescent in March. This is a big job involving new lighting and fire detection, re-plastering, redecoration and recarpeting.

A blue plaque at Carleton Road

The blue plaque to commemorate the fact that 73 Carleton Road was the home of the famous late 19th century/early 20th music hall star, Marie Lloyd,  is due to be unveiled in mid-February. We’ll invite residents when we have further information.

January 20, 2020

SOCIAL PROGRAMME – Spring 2020 Events

Tues 4th Feb 7.30pm - £27
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Apollo Theatre
 
Sat 22nd Feb 11,00am - £12
Kensington Palace Tour
 
Tues 10th March 7.30pm - £17
The Lion King
The Lyceum Theatre
 
Sat 21st March 3.30pm - £22
Tutankhamun Exhibition
Saatchi Gallery
 
 
Mon 23rd March 7.00pm - £14
The Visit
National Theatre
December 4, 2019

Christmas/ New Year Office Opening

The head office in South Kensington will close from 1.00pm on Tuesday 24th December until 9.30am on Thursday 2nd January. Our normal out of hours emergency repairs service will be available during this time.

Christmas/ New Year Refuse Collection
All residents will be emailed any specific information with regard to household waste and recycling arrangements at your building over the Christmas period. Some collection agencies put on more services over the holiday period, while others collect less, so please read the email you will receive carefully.

December 4, 2019

Major repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House has been completed but the snagging issues, with radiators not warming up largely caused by air trapped in the new system, have continued and we will need to carry out some minor alterations to the system. We’ll be redecorating the basement corridor area, which was much affected by the works, this month. Next year we’ll be repainting the external front of the building at ground and first floors levels.

The installation of the new fire detection system at Jerome is also progressing well, but because new detectors will be needed in every flat this programme will continue until about February 2020. We’ve replaced heat detectors with smoke detectors in kitchens because that’s what the regulations require but that is causing the alarm to be activated more regularly when there is excessive smoke from cooking. We are looking at ways to alleviate this.

We’ll start repairs to the flank wall at Carleton Road at the beginning of January 2020 and are liaising between contractors and residents to find the most convenient times. The wall was damaged by tree roots from a very large leylandii. This has now been removed and we’ll be looking to re-plant in the early spring.

December 4, 2019

Board news

The Board will meet in early February 2020 to approve the budget and major plans for 2020/21. The major highlights of this are
• to bring forward our stock modernisation programme
• to redecorate the front of Jerome House
• to refurbish the staircase at 34 Impala
• to improve our IT, to provide a portal to enable residents to pay rent, see your account, and book repairs and for Zebra to reduce its use of paper
• to consider a sustainability strategy

 

December 4, 2019

Social programme

The Winter Social Programme is now in full swing, with some events having already sold out. We do have some tickets remaining for the following events:

THEATRE: ‘MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS’ at the Lyttleton, National Theatre.  Monday 16th December. 7.30pm.  TICKETS: £10

In a grubby tearoom in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1950, two years after the start of apartheid, this gentle, but very powerful play explores the the tensions, sadness, anger and humour of those times.

THEATRE: ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ at the Old Vic Theatre. Monday 6th January. 7.00pm. TICKETS: £24

Christmas in London wouldn’t be complete without Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This year, Matthew Warchus' smash-hit production of the classic holiday tale returns to London's Old Vic for a limited festive run. There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with A Christmas Carol, Dickens’ masterful tale of redemption.

We are now planning the programme for the New Year, and we are hoping to have some reasonably priced opera and ballet tickets to announce for the Spring.

November 18, 2019

BODY WORLDS

The London Pavilion – Saturday 30th November – 10.30am. Tickets: £15

This extraordinary exhibition divides opinion, but its impact is undeniable.

Containing about twenty bodies in total, the exhibition uses real human bodies that have been preserved permanently by a process called "polymer preservation" (commonly referred to as "plastination"). The subjects are donors who have voluntarily submitted their bodies to the process and agreed to their exhibition.

Thought-provoking and educational, exhibition has been seen all over the world.

We have a limited number of tickets for the 10.30am time slot on Saturday 30th November.

Email stevem@zebrahousing.com your name. full address and the number of tickets you require.

 

November 3, 2019

ZEBRA NEWS NOVEMBER 2019

Board News

The Board met for its final meeting of the year in late October. It approved plans for 2020 to bring forward our stock modernisation programme, to review our rent policy, to produce a development strategy and to consider proposals to increase the number of flats at Jerome House by redeveloping the basement and adding a further storey to the building.

It approved a new Equalities policy and proposals for an annual Board review of who has applied to Zebra and who we have actually housed.

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House has been completed but we’ve had a number of snagging issues, with radiators not warming up largely caused by air trapped in the new system. To a certain extent, issues like these are to be expected although it’s frustrating for residents. The heating is now on 24 hours per day. We’ve fitted thermostatic radiator valves in every flat to give residents more control over their heating. We’ll be redecorating the basement corridor area, which was much affected by the works, this month. Next year we’ll be repainting the external front of the building at ground and first floors levels.

The installation of the new fire detection system at Jerome is also progressing well, but because new detectors will be needed in every flat this programme will continue until about February 2020.

We’re about to start repairs to the flank wall at Carleton Road and are liaising between contractors and residents to find the most convenient time. The wall was damaged by tree roots from a very large leylandii. This has now been removed and we’ll be looking to re-plant in the early spring.

Social Programme

During the last few months, we have had very well attended trips to the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at the Design Museum, and the Olafur Eliasson retrospective at Tate Modern. Our Winter Programme is now being finalised, and will include Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre, Master Harold and the Boys at the National, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic, The Anthony Gormley Exhibition at the Royal Academy, Body Worlds at the London Pavilion and Inspired by the East at the British Museum, works by Western artists drawing on the rich heritage of Islamic art.

House Meetings

Steve has now held house meetings at Jerome, Anson and Carleton, Sentosa and Impala. He’s now planning to meet with Jeannine residents. We want to give residents the opportunity to tell us about the issues that relate to their schemes and to Zebra as a whole, it is also an opportunity for Zebra to inform you of any plans we have for programmes of work in your buildings. We want to improve, we want to provide services that match residents’ needs, and we are just about to set our budget for 2020/21. These meetings will help us with our priorities. The main themes to arise so far from these meetings have been conversion of remaining laundries to card payment systems, noisy neighbours, rubbish and recycling disposal, Social Programme events, new boiler works at Jerome House, Carleton subsidence repairs and common area refurbishment at Impala House.

Christmas/ New Year Office Opening

The head office in South Kensington will close between 1.00pm on Tuesday 24th December and 9.30am on Thursday 2nd January. Our normal out of hours emergency repairs service will be available during this time.

 

November 3, 2019

WINTER SOCIAL PROGRAMME

Please see below the list of events for the our Winter Social Programme.

As you may know, we are able to get some good prices on ticket, which we further subsidise from the Association’s budget, so the Social Programme is a great way of experiencing some of the fabulous events London offers, without breaking the bank!

If you would like tickets,  please email me at stevem@zebrahousing.com,  listing the event(s) you wish to book,  your name, your full address and the number of tickets you require. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, and they do tend to sell out quite quickly.

Once you have emailed me your request, I will send a confirmation email, and the details for payment via bank transfer. The tickets will be distributed to participants a day or so before each event.

THE PROGRAMME

THEATRE: ‘WICKED’ at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.  Tuesday 12th November. 7.30pm.  TICKETS: £18

We have some good seats for this very popular musical. This is the second time we have offered it on the Social Programme.

THEATRE: ‘MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS’ at the Lyttleton, National Theatre.  Monday 16th December. 7.30pm.  TICKETS: £10

In a grubby tearoom in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1950, two years after the start of apartheid, this gentle, but very powerful play explores the the tensions, sadness, anger and humour of those times.

EXHIBITION: ANTONY GORMLEY at The Royal Academy. Saturday 23rd November. 11.20am  TICKETS: £12

From the British coastline to the rooftops of Manhattan, Antony Gormley’s sculptures are recognised across the world. With work from his 45-year career alongside major new installations created for the Academy’s galleries, this is his most ambitious exhibition in more than ten years.

THEATRE:  ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ at the Old Vic Theatre. Monday 6th January. 7.00pm. TICKETS: £24

Christmas in London wouldn’t be complete without Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. This year, Matthew Warchus' smash-hit production of the classic holiday tale returns to London's Old Vic for a limited festive run. There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than with A Christmas Carol, Dickens’ masterful tale of redemption.

THEATRE: ‘CYRANO de BERGERAC’ at the Playhouse Theatre. Tuesday 14th January. 7.30PM   TICKETS: £28

Starring James McAvoy, this is one of the most sought after tickets in London currently.  Cyrano de Bergerac tells a story about a man as gifted with a pen as he is with a sword. He is desperately in love with Roxane, but his incredibly large nose causes him to doubt himself. A heart-warming evening at the theatre.

We are awaiting confirmation of a couple of additional events. Please check for updates at www.zebrahousing.com.