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.

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.

September 30, 2019

Social progamme

We have tickets, priced at £9 only for the Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life exhibition at the Tate Modern. The Danish-Icelandic artist creates monumental installations, and they’re showing 40 works, made throughout his career in the Turbine Hall. Well worth a visit.

We are currently booking the Autumn/Winter theatre programme. More news shortly.

 

 

September 30, 2019

Zebra News October 2019

Board News

The Board met for its a half-day strategy meeting in September when it considered Zebra’s plans for the next 10 years and how we might finance them. Because we were 60 years old this year, we thought it would be useful to reflect on our history, our current position and what we might want to look like in 10 years’ time. A number of strands emerged. The Board wants to look at accelerating our refurbishment and modernisation programme. We want to improve our IT. We need to review our long-term loans. We want to consider how we might grow. This is all work for the next 18 months and will require thoughtful budgeting of which we’ll keep you informed early in 2020.

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House is has largely completed. We had to relocate the new boilers (and the laundry) to allow more efficient and environmentally sound fluing. The new boilers will be far more efficient saving money and emitting less CO2 and we have 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, in October. Next year we’ll be redecorating the basement, ground and first floor front of the building.

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 have also started work on some window and related repairs at the upper floors of two of our houses at Impala as well as replacing some outdoor steps. 

House Meetings

We have now held house meeting at Jerome, Anson and Carleton, and Impala. The purpose of these meetings is to give residents the opportunity to meet and discuss issues that relate to individual schemes and to Zebra as a whole. We want to improve, and we want to build services that match residents’ needs. The main themes to arise so far from these meetings are the consistent importance of location and affordability of our residences, our social programme, recycling and the importance of consideration towards other residents in communal environments. Further meetings are planned for the spring.

August 9, 2019

SOCIAL PROGRAMME

We have  tickets, priced at £9 only for the Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life exhibition at the Tate Modern. The Danish-Icelandic artist creates monumental installations, and they’re showing 40 works, made throughout his career in the Turbine Hall. Well worth a visit.

We are currently booking the Autumn/Winter theatre programme. More news shortly.

August 9, 2019

House meetings

As already reported Steve is holding a number of house meetings over the next few months to get feedback on all that we do and on ideas for Zebra’s future.

Steve is organising a house meeting in September for Anson/Carleton and also for Impala House in the same month.

August 9, 2019

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House is progressing well and should complete, on schedule, in August/September. We had to relocate the new boilers (and the laundry) to allow more efficient and environmentally sound fluing. The new boilers will be far more efficient saving money and emitting less CO2. As we recharge the system, we plan to fit thermostatic radiator valves in each flat to give residents more control over their heating.

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 are also about the start work on some window and related repairs at the upper floors of two of our houses in Primrose Hill. This will require scaffolding from approximately 8 weeks. We will inform residents of the details of this by email.

July 3, 2019

ZEBRA NEWS JULY 2019

Staff News

Sass Ezekiel, our finance consultant, left in June and David Morrow has replaced him as Finance Director. David knows Zebra well having, a number of years ago, been the Audit Director responsible for our external audit. More recently he has worked as FD at Soho Housing Association.

Board News

The Board meets in late July to approve our annual accounts and then again in September for its bi-annual strategy conference when we’ll look at our long-term finance plan and more general plans for the next 5-10 years.

Major Repairs

The replacement boiler scheme at Jerome House is progressing well and should complete in August/September. The old boilers are 30 years old and were located under the pavement at the front of the building. We’ve had to relocate the new boilers (and the laundry) to allow more efficient and environmentally sound fluing. The new boilers will be far more efficient saving money and emitting less CO2.

We are also progressing well with the installation of the new fire detection system at Jerome, but because new detectors will be needed in every flat this programme will continue for a number of months.

Social Programme

In recent weeks, we have had groups attending the Van Gogh Exhibition at Tate Britain and the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at the Design Museum. We are now starting to book the Autumn and Winter programme of events.

Garden Party and Barbecue

Our annual garden party took place on the evening of Friday 28 June, at Impala House. 150 guests attended, including residents and their families, Board and staff members, contractors and neighbours. The weather was fantastic, and the catering superb.  This was a very special event for us, marking Zebra’s is 60th Anniversary.  We were pleased to welcome a number of former Board members and Trustees to the event.

Babies, babies..

..There’s always someone having a baby. Three Board members have recently had babies and residents at Jerome, Impala and Sentosa have all had babies. Congratulations all!

House Meetings

Steve is holding a number of house meetings over the next few months to get feedback on all that we do and on ideas for Zebra’s future. He’s already met residents from Jerome. We had some really good feedback on the social programme. Residents weren’t keen on day trips in the UK. Rather, because they are in London, they prefer to make their own trips to European destinations. Residents felt we should focus on shows and exhibitions in London that they could get to in an afternoon or evening.

Steve is organising a house meeting in July for Anson/Carleton and for Impala House in September.

 

May 15, 2019

STANLEY KUBRICK – THE EXHIBITION – THE DESIGN MUSEUM, KENSINGTON.

We have a limited number of tickets for the acclaimed Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington.

The tickets are for the 11.15am viewing on Saturday 1st June and cost £8 each.

Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

‘Don’t miss this wonderful exhibition’ – Steven Spielberg

★★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★★ The Times

★★★★★ Evening Standard

★★★★★ Time Out

★★★★★ BBC News

The exhibition tells the story of Stanley Kubrick, exploring his unique command of the creative design process of film making, from storyteller to director to editor.

You'll see step by step how Kubrick created genre-defining worlds for his films and relive iconic scenes from The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Get an exclusive insight into his mind through rare objects, projections and interviews exploring Kubrick’s special relationship with England and particularly London, as his primary film location and source of inspiration.

The exhibition features about 700 objects, films, interviews, letters and photographs. Expect to see a detailed model of the Centrifuge-set that Kubrick had developed for 2001: A Space Odyssey; film props such as the infamous Born-to-Kill helmet worn by Private Joker in Full Metal Jacket, costumes designed for A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Barry Lyndon and much more.