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We have been contacted by the director of Woodhill Properties Ltd, Julie Ozwell, to ask if HCERA would be interested in acquiring the ground rents of the estate. They are planning to dispose of the company’s assets. The shareholders, who are family members, do not live near Southampton or even in the UK. She has recently moved to Scotland. The younger generation are not interested in taking over.
The HCERA Committee, at their last meeting, considered this and agreed that it should be explored. Our concern was that although Woodhill Properties might be able to sell the ground rents to a company with their views, that company might then be taken over by less scrupulous people who would see everything in money terms. Horror stories about new-build houses being sold leasehold have recently been in the news, for example BBC Radio 4 “Money Box Live” on 19th April.

As yet, we do not know the terms of an offer from Woodhill Properties. In the 1980s, the owners’ associations of both the Uplands Estate and Glebe Court in Highfield acquired the freeholds from the executors of Herbert Collins. The Uplands Estate has four legal owners who live on the estate and hold the property as trustees for the Uplands Estate Houseowners Association. Glebe Court is owned by the Glebe Court Estate (Southampton) Owners Association Limited, a private company limited by guarantee. Members of the company must be owners. Preliminary discussions by the Committee favoured limited-company ownership as the better route.

We are at an early stage and would like to hear views and suggestions from other residents. When more definite proposals are formulated, they will be put to a meeting of the Association.
We also invite residents to volunteer expertise.

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Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club is a small and friendly LTA affiliated tennis club with two well maintained grass courts located in the corner of the lower green in Ethelburt Avenue. We welcome beginners and juniors as well as more experienced players who are able to make use of the courts, take part in mix-ins with other members, and play in friendly matches against other local clubs. Fees are £70 (£65 before the end of May) for adults, £20 for juniors under the age of 18, and £140 for families (£130 if payed early).

The new season will start at the end of April, depending on the weather. Please come along to one of our mix-ins on Monday and Wednesday evenings, or Saturday afternoons. Further information can be obtained from our website www.swaythlingtennis.org.uk, emailing our Membership Secretary, Claire Buckley, at sltc at swaythlinglawn.co.uk, or phoning our Chair, John Green, on 8067 1016.

Swaythling Lawn Tennis Club Annual Plant and Cake Sale/Open Day
The tennis club welcomes you to our annual sale of plants and homemade cakes on Saturday 13 May at the club, starting at 12 noon. This event is being run in conjunction with an LTA Great British Tennis Weekend giving non-members the chance to see the club, pick up information, and have a free game.

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On Saturday 4th March, Barbara Cooke, Radian’s Community Development Officer, organised a big clean up in Mansbridge as part of the Keep Britain Tidy Spring Clean. We were invited to participate and litter pick in our Conservation Area.

We only had two recruits. The main reason was our inability to contact residents at short notice (see the next item about an email list.) Despite this, five sacks of litter were collected and earned both a free bacon roll at the Round About Café.

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by Ray George

As mentioned in the previous item, we are unable to contact residents at short notice. The Committee has therefore decided to set up an email list. Please email HCERA, if you would like to be on it. People who have emailed us in the past will be automatically put on the list. You can request to be removed from the list at any time.

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The HCERA Midsummer Party will be on Saturday 8th July. This is slightly later than usual but has been chosen to fit in with other commitments of our barbecue cooks. We would much appreciate it, if you could offer help with the barbecue, children’s games or face painting. Please send us an email to offer help.

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The University has announced that it will not be using Bencraft Court, near the Crematorium, next session. The site is up for sale for redevelopment. Residents who use the U2B bus to the end of Lobelia Road, will be worried about the continuation of this service.

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This walk takes us to Glen Eyre and returns via Crabbe Lane, named after Colonel Eyre Crabbe, who died in 1859 and called his estate Glen Eyre.



The walk takes about one hour.

Walk west along Bassett Green Road, past Lobelia Road, the entrance to Bassett Green Village, Bassett Green Close and Bassett Green Drive to the corner of Bassett Wood Road. Go through the black iron gate of North Lodge, beside the public footpath sign. Continue straight ahead until you come out into Bassett Wood Drive and cross the road diagonally to the left and go down the track where you see the sign directing to “Garden Cottage”. Continue until you reach the footpath and cycle track connecting Bassett Green Close and Spindlewood Close and turn right. Go straight ahead and turn left into Glenwood Avenue. Take the first turning on the right, which is Glen Eyre Drive. Continue until you reach the entrance of the University’s Glen Eyre Hall (Brunei House). To the left of the entrance is the start of the public footpath called Crabbe Lane. This path will eventually reach The Parkway. Cross over the road and continue along the footpath, straight ahead to Bassett Green Village. Go past the green and out into Bassett Green Road.

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This is a revised ‘mock-up’ for the memorial information board to remember the WW1 Swaythling Remount Depot. The plan is for the memorial to go on the grass verge in Bassett Green Road. Email us, if you want to get involved.

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There will be a walk in the area of Monks Brook on both Saturday April 29th and Sunday 30th led by Bob Painton. The walks start from Swaythling Station at 11am.

On Saturday 20th May there will be scrub clearance on the Monks Brook meadow. Meet at the entrance to Monks Brook Greenway and bring secateurs and/or shears.

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