Our lovely cleaners, working over Easter – and they left an Easter Egg for Every flat. We are terribly grateful to them and as one resident commented “ the building is especially sparkling these days, unsurprisingly, so many thanks to the cleaning crew for all the extra work. Feels very safe!"
The Zebra office closed on 18 March with ‘phones diverted to Steve and Heidi’s home and other staff working from home. So, we are still providing a basic service to residents and still letting flats (without actually coming into physical contact with new residents) with the assistance of our wardens and deputy wardens – and a big thank you to them.
But inevitably we’ve been forced to scale back our maintenance service so that we are now only doing urgent and emergency repairs, and health & safety work and inspections.
Our cleaning contractor of many years, Happy Hands, has proved invaluable continuing to operate an enhanced regime, which includes daily cleaning and disinfecting of all common areas (including shared bathrooms, WCs, laundries and hard services) and regular steam cleaning.
It is really important that all residents maintain good health and safety practice, and continue to follow the advice that we have been sending out to you all. This will ensure that we are all do everything we can to keep our residents, staff, and cleaning and maintenance contractors safe.
The Urgency Committee (a Committee of the Board) consisting of the Chair, Vice-chair and Treasurer has been meeting with the Chief Executive and Finance Director regularly
We’ve obviously put a number of schemes on hold whilst others have had to be mothballed until we get through this crisis. This includes the work at 34 Chalcot involving new lighting and fire detection, re-plastering and redecoration and the bathroom refitting programme at Jerome. As soon as we are able, we’ll resume work and we are very sorry for the inconvenience.
We’ve cancelled or postponed all the events. If you’ve booked any tickets which you can’t now use, you should contact Steve for a refund. However, there are still things you can do, and a number of Theatres are offering free streaming of their productions.
The National Theatre is streaming different shows every week starting with the feel-good hit One Man, Two Guvnors, featuring James Corden’s hilarious Tony Award-winning performance as the goodhearted, chronically hungry servant Francis Henshall. Go to National Theatre nationaltheatre.org.uk for more information.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced Culture in Quarantine with the BBC broadcasting some of its best shows of the last few years including
Macbeth (2018), directed by Polly Findlay with Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack
Hamlet (2016), directed by Simon Godwin with Paapa Essiedu
Romeo and Juliet (2018), directed by our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman
Much Ado About Nothing (2014), directed by Christopher Luscombe
Othello (2015), directed by Iqbal Khan with Hugh Quarshie and Lucian Msamati
The Merchant of Venice (2015), directed by Polly Findlay
And for Children..
There are a huge number of online resources to keep your children busy at home. Here are a few we recommend:
The Dyson Foundation
A series of challenge cards, that are fun and testing.
An incredible amount of Key Stage focussed content for all subject areas. A fave is a really challenging maths game called Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica. Amazing to see how quickly the kids can add and subtract four-digit numbers if there’s a new shield at the end of it.
This ‘picture a day’ website has been great for creative writing each day offering different challenges from diary entries to sentence challenges. The kids also love sneaking a look at the next day’s picture.
Nat Geo Kids
A mix of games, quizzes, videos and free downloadable resources which is perfect for keeping active minds busy.