LATEST FROM RESIDENT’S BLOG

Welcome to our residents blog. Here you can find out what social events we’re organising and what’s happening in your neighbourhood as well as Zebra news. Contact Zebra zebrablog@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.

November 29, 2017

We’ve blogged very little over the Summer and Autumn because we’ve been exceptionally busy but as winter draws on (and well done anyone understanding this music hall English joke) we intend to get back to regular postings.

 

ZEBRA NEWS

Alex Stewart is now the permanent Head of Zebra Maintenance and residents are likely to run into him regularly. Bart left and has been replaced by Michael Christopher – on the maintenance team. All the maintenance team carry ID and they all now have Zebra logo’d workwear.

Steve and Lisa are now back at work after having periods of sick leave and Alex Adjei is away on paternity leave. Sass Ezekiel is our acting Finance Director. These staff issues and changes partly explain our “busy” summer.

We’ve had a new ‘phone system installed, and this is causing us problems because it “hangs up” on callers. This is annoying and frustrating, and we are trying very hard to get it fixed.

And we now have a new chair of Zebra, Richard Kennedy and a new vice-chair, Emily Orme.

 

Office closures

We’ll be closed all day on 7 December 2017 for staff meetings and training.

And the office will be closed for our Christmas holiday from Friday 22 December 2017 at 12.30pm until Monday 2 January 2018 at 9.30 am. Our normal “out of hours service” will be in operation over this time to deal with any emergencies.

 

JEANNINE HOUSE

The re-roofing works completed in October and were followed by external re-decoration. These works should complete by the end of November and the scaffold then removed. We’ve not painted all the ground and lower ground floors because we don’t want to do this over the winter. However the painters will return in April to re-decorate these areas and it won’t however be necessary to put up the scaffolding again. Before the decorators leave we’ve asked them to touch-up the paint work in the halls and staircases.

 

JEROME HOUSE

Demand for the guest room has diminished and as a result we are converting into a studio flat for permanent letting.

 

RESIDENT ENGAGEMENT POLICY

Our Board has just reviewed a new “Zebra Resident Engagement Policy” and we are all keen for any thoughts, ideas, and inputs from Zebra residents. The new policy is on the blog now.

If you have any comments let us know on blog@zebrahousing.com

November 29, 2017

SOCIAL PROGRAMME

Here is a review of STOMP – a show residents saw a couple of months ago.

“I really enjoyed Stomp because it was a mix of comedy and dance. Also it showed you that you can make music out of anything you want. It was so funny! I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole show. In fact I was laughing so much I was nearly out of breath. I recommend this show to everyone. If you get an opportunity to see it take it, you won’t regret it.”

Harley Age 13

And don’t forget our Christmas Show …

SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW – ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 7.30PM  -    Tickets: £20

Every year we book a special Christmas show for the Social Programme.

We have £50 tickets available for £20. These are limited, so we recommend that you book soon to avoid disappointment.

November 7, 2017

SOCIAL PROGRAMME – SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW – ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 7.30PM  -    Tickets: £20

Every year we book a special Christmas show for the Social Programme.

This year we have secured a great deal on tickets for ‘Slava’s Snowshow’ at the Royal Festival Hall.

We have £50 tickets available for £20. These are limited, so we recommend that you book soon to avoid disappointment.

The show has received consistently positive reviews and is one of the most popular bookings available at the moment.

Experience a joyous dream-like world that touches both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breath-taking blizzard that leaves you literally knee deep in snow, in Slava’s Snow Show.

The multi-award-winning international sensation is back due to popular demand for Christmas 2017, having delighted audiences in over 80 cities globally including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow.’

If you would like to secure tickets, email housing@zebrahousing.com, stating your name, full address, and the number of tickets you require. Please note, we will not allow buyers to purchase multiple tickets for non-Zebra residents, as supply is limited.

We will email you to confirm your order, and give you payment details.

When you have paid by bank transfer for the tickets, they will be delivered to your address a few days before the show.

October 6, 2017

STOMP

Performance – STOMP at the Ambassador’s Theatre – Thursday 2nd November - £13

 We have a limited number of very good stalls seats for the Smash-hit musical ‘Stomp’ at the Ambassador’s Theatre.  ‘Stomp’ is an exhilarating theatrical phenomenon, renowned for banging dustbin lids and other ‘found’ materials to create amazing rhythms, with very impressive choreography and plenty of humour. Tickets are £13 each, and are available from the Zebra office.

If you would like tickets, please email housing@zebrahousing.com, stating your full name, address and the number of tickets you require.

October 6, 2017

Zebra News and Services

Recycling

The Association takes its recycling responsibilities seriously, and we are pleased that most residents do as well.

However, we do need to remind everyone of a few processes that make the system work more effectively:

Please crush any cardboard boxes before putting them in the recycling bins. This saves space.

  1. Make sure you clean any glass or aluminium that you put in the recycling bins.
  2. DO NOT put non-recyclable materials in the recycling bins 9this includes (computer components, coat hangers, shoes, clothes and kitchen utensils/pot and pans, ceramics.) – it is your responsibility to take such items to the local council refuse facility for disposal.

Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Major Works

 The work to the stairwells at 30 Chalcot Crescent has been completed, with new décor and flooring, sensor lights and upgraded entry phone and fire alarm systems.

We will be programming works to the common areas of 34 Chalcot Crescent for next year.

The roof works at Jeannine House, W1 are almost complete, and we have started repair and redecoration work to the windows and stone work. We anticipate this will take about a month, depending on the weather.

After a final survey and clean, we will then remove the scaffolding.

October 6, 2017

A HISTORY OF MAGIC

From 20 October
British Library

Delve into divination and ponder the peculiarities of potions in a journey to where magic and myth began. This much anticipated exhibition draws for the British Library’s distinguished collection to unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects and to capture the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

bl.uk

October 6, 2017

ARTFUL AUTUMN AT KEW

As summer slips away and the landscape comes alive with its fiery hues, the Royal Botanic Gardens will celebrate this inspiring season with both a brand new festival and stunning exhibition. From this weekend, 16 diverse and organic works of art by four different artists will be dotted around the wilder parts of Kew’s Arboretum, sitting amongst some of its spectacular heritage trees and wide-reaching vistas.

kew.org

September 12, 2017

Indian YMCA Dining Hall, Fitzrovia

One of Fitzrovia's best kept secrets, the dining hall is open to both paying hostel guests and the general public. It offers "homely" South Indian food in a canteen-like environment.

Veggie mains on the lunch menu, such as the egg curry, start from just £1.60. Or, diners can opt for the all you can eat "set dinner" menu which is served weekdays and weekends for £8.50.

http://www.indianymca.org/

 

September 10, 2017

OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND

Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year.

https://openhouselondon.org.uk/

August 25, 2017

The 20 best family days out in London for £5 or less

Great article in The Telegraph for cheap days out

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/england/london/articles/best-family-days-out-in-london-for-under-5-pounds/