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Chairman:  Ray George   75 Bassett Green Rd
Secretary:  Elizabeth Cox   11 Stoneham Lane
Treasurer:  Geoffrey Williams   31 Stoneham Lane

Street Representatives
Bassett Green Rd:  Mike Farrelly   59 Bassett Green Rd
Ethelburt Ave:    Michelle Hickling   100 Ethelburt Avenue
.                           Anne Dempsey    66 Ethelburt Avenue
.                           Robert Williams 74 Ethelburt Avenue
Field Close:  Richard Ross    9 Field Close
Leaside Way:   Valerie Laurent    43 Leaside Way
Stoneham Lane:   Elizabeth Cox    11 Stoneham Lane
Summerfield Gardens:   Angela Cotton    8 Summerfield Gdns

Tree Planting Sub-Committee
Robert Williams   74 Ethelburt Avenue
Julian Ball   65 Ethelburt Avenue
Peter Coxon   55 Bassett Green Road
Peggy Gow   71 Bassett Green Road

Ethelburt Avenue Road Improvement Group
Dan Hopgood    18 Ethelburt Avenue
Godfrey Collyer   2 Ethelburt Avenue
John Scoates     38 Ethelburt Avenue
Mark Farnell     58 Ethelburt Avenue
Noel Waterston    59 Ethelburt Avenue
Rob Williams     74 Ethelburt Avenue
John Dixon    34 Ethelburt Avenue
(Repair Team Organiser, Tel:8055 0064 )

Non-Committee Representatives for Ethelburt Avenue
Mke Bull     11 Ethelburt Avenue
Tim Coad
Anne Howard     76 Ethelburt Avenue
Jacqui Williams   103 Ethelburt Avenue

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On 21st December, around 90 people joined in singing carols in Ethelburt Avenue on a fine but chilly evening. After paying the band, Ocean Brass, £102.66 was left for the Southampton Branch of the MS Society. We would like to thank both Michelle Hickling and Michelle Fisher for organising the event, Tim and Jacqui Williams for providing the electricity supply from their campervan, Laurence and Louise Fellick for the carol sheets and Mark and Josephine Wakeling for the gazebo.

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The Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club Annual Quiz Night will be held on Friday 2nd February 2018 at the Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh. Doors will open at 7.00 pm for a prompt 7.30 pm start. Entry, which must be booked in advance, is £8 per person and includes a ploughman’s supper. Please bring your own drinks, glasses, and nibbles. Teams can be up to 6 people, but those not already part of a team can be allocated to one on the night. There will be a raffle during the evening, and contributions for prizes will be gratefully received.

If you want further details, or want to book a place contact John Green on 8067 1016, or email: green.john at


In December, membership forms were delivered to residents. At the time of writing, membership of Herbert Collins Estates Ltd. stands at 104. If anyone has mislaid their form and needs a replacement, please email us.

Woodhill Properties Ltd. has decided to register the land prior to transfer of the estate to us. It will take some time to examine the tenure of every property and piece of land, discover what is and is not already registered and assemble all the documents. When the Land Registry receives the application, their target time for completion of first registration is 25 working days, but the current average time is 60 working days. Ours is complicated, so expect it to take a long time.
We have also heard from Woodhill Properties to say they are invoicing for ground rents up to 2017 but are not inviting lessees to pay 5 years in advance.

If you have not yet offered to contribute to the purchase of the estate, we would very much like to hear from you.

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The results of the Southampton Common Users’ Survey were presented at a public meeting of the Forum on 13th December. The report and other details can be seen at

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The HCERA Committee is very aware that there is no “best day” for opening gardens that suits everyone. They have chosen Sunday 3rd June.

Now is the time to plan for getting your garden in tip-top condition. Please email us to say if you hope to open your garden this year.

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Email to HCERA your worst examples of incongruous development of properties that started life as a matching terrace or semis.

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One morning last November, lead was stripped off and stolen from over the bay window and front door of a house in Ethelburt Avenue. At under £1 per kilogram, you might think this would not be worth the trouble, especially as scrap metal dealers now have to be licenced. They cannot pay in cash, must record the name and address of the seller and their vehicle number.

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