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 firstname.lastname@example.org on any issues and to express your views on anything that we do. We want to find out how we can make Zebra better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
..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!
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.
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.
Our social programme is one of the things that makes Zebra unique. We want to give residents a great experience when the they stay with Zebra and an understanding of London and the UK. Sampling the culture and life of London is an essential part of that experience. We want residents to have fond memories of London and to have created enduring friendships and understanding throughout the world. If you have any ideas or suggestions about how we can further enhance the social programme let Steve know. Stevem@zebrahousing.com
Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain, Saturday 30 March 2019, at 11.00am
The Mousetrap - St Martin's Theatre – Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 7.30pm
We have ten tickets in the stalls at £25 each (£52.50 face value)
The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The Mousetrap opened in London's West End in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. It’s an absolute classic.
The Board approve the plan for the financial year 2019/20. Our major project is the replacement of the boilers at Jeannine House, which we’ll carry out over the summer commencing in June. This is a big job and we’ve already done much of the preparatory work. The boilers need to move to the back of the building. There should be minimal disruption to residents. Additionally we’ll be refurbishing the stairwell at 34 Chalcot to include new lighting and replacing the fire detection equipment at 8 Chalcot. There is also a lot of additional although minor work that we intend to carry out across all buildings to improve our Health and Safety regime as well as continuing our programme of bathroom and kitchen replacement.
Our Board met on 21 February and approved the budget and annual rent increase. We also agreed policies on complaints and anti-social behaviour. We began to plan for a Board strategy conference in September when we’ll look at plans for the next 5-10 years.
We have secured a limited number of tickets for London’s longest running play, ‘The Mousetrap’. This gripping murder mystery has been entertaining audiences for over 60 years.
We have fantastic seats, with a face value of £52, for £25 each.
The performance takes place on Wednesday 27th March, 7.30pm.
Tickets are priced at £25 each.
If you would like to reserve tickets, please email email@example.com, stating your name, full address and the number of tickets you require. We will then send you confirmation and payment details. The tickets will be delivered to your residence a day or two before the visit.
BOARD & COMMITTEE NEWS
The Audit and Risk Committee – one of the two Board Committees meets in January to approve the budget for the next financial year April 2019-March 2020, to approve our auditors and to consider the risks that will face Zebra over the next 6 months.
We are currently scheduling a series of residence meetings, where you will all have an opportunity to hear about the Association’s work, and to contribute your ideas for making our buildings great places to live and sharing your concerns and observations. Please make an effort to attend – Our residents’ input is really helpful to us. You will be emailed with the details of meetings to be held in your residence.
We are currently looking at our plans for the next financial year 2019/20. Our major project is the replacement of the boilers at Jerome House. This is a large and complex job, and we’ve already done much of the preparatory work. The boilers need to move to the back of the building. Work should start in June/July and there should be minimal disruption to residents. Additionally we’ll be refurbishing the stairwell at 34 Chalcot Crescent to include new lighting. We are also replacing the fire detection equipment at 8 Chalcot. There is also a lot of additional although minor work that we intend to carry out across all buildings to improve our Health and Safety regime.
Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain, Saturday 30 March 2019, at 11.30am
We’ve got a limited number of tickets for this exhibition, with a face value of £20 and we are making them available to you £16.00
This is largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings to be exhibited in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, L’Arlésienne, and the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.
Van Gogh lived in England as a young man for several crucial years. He walked the streets alone, dreaming of the future. He fell in love with British culture, especially the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot and he was inspired by the art he saw here.
Our annual garden party is scheduled for the evening of Friday 28 June so put this in your diaries now. It’s a special year for us because Zebra is 60 this year!
The dynamic musical that tells the story of one of the world’s best loved record labels.
THE SONGS. THE SOUND. THE STORY.
Playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre and featuring an eighteen-piece live orchestra, playing 50 Motown tracks including "My Girl", "Dancing In The Street", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", Motown The Musical is a musical sensation with real soul - Book your tickets today!
We have £72.50 stalls seats for the incredible price of £24 each.
If you would like to reserve tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your name, full address and the number of tickets you require. We will then send you confirmation and payment details. The tickets will be delivered to your residence a day or two before the performance.
Our office will close on Friday 21 December 2018 at 5.00pm and re-open again on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 9.30am. Our emergency repairs service will operate throughout this period.
And we’ll be running the direct debits for rent payment on Wednesday 2 January 2019.