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by Debbie Smith, Bassett Green Road

Since my article in the summer Newsletter, Swaythling Councillor Matthew Bunday, Ray George and myself have had an on-site meeting with Ian Bailey, the City Council’s Engagement Officer, Education, Environment and Ecology. He now has the permissions. The meeting was to firm up on the plan for the Bassett Green Road verge between No. 2 Leaside Way and No. 51 Bassett Green Road. He was keen that we did not bite off more than we can chew. So the plan is to take out a spade-width strip of turf. The turf removed will be placed upside down beside the strip. In the strip and on top of the upside down turf, we will plant a native meadow seed mixture of 12 wild flowers and 7 grasses. In the area behind the strip, we will plant some perennial wild flowers as plug plants. We propose to plant the strip this autumn and plug plants next spring.

If you would like to help please email me at hcera@herbertcollins.co.uk

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by Dan Hopgood

Dates for Ethelburt Avenue working parties are confirmed as:

Sat 21st Nov 2020 – upper team
Sat 20th Feb 2021 – middle team
Sat 15th May 2021 – lower team

The intention is to retain the previous format of nominal upper, middle and lower teams, but volunteers are welcome to whichever of these dates they can make. As always, these groups are a good way to get out, get active and get to know others in the road whilst helping to keep the road usable for everyone. I will contact all volunteers in advance about arrangements to ensure we remain strictly within the Covid-19 law. Activities for each session start around 9am at the top of Ethelburt Avenue. If you have any queries, please email

I have been getting quotes for pothole repairs and overlay of the tarmac surfaces at the top and bottom ends of the road. I hope shortly to contract for the work at the lowest quote. The plan is to have the tarmac surface-dressed in the summer to give it an appearance more in keeping with the gravel road.

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by Peter Martin

Our attempt at some kind of normality with a Table-Top Sale, the so-called “Masked Stall” event, took place on the top green in Ethelburt Avenue on August 15th. It was planned as a community event and also to raise money for the nominated charity, The Southampton Families Trust. The weather was not kind, but on the other hand not too cruel to the 16 or so stallholders who braved the drizzle. There were not too many residents attending but given the weather and the strangeness of the times, still a good showing. The stall holders raised £200 for the Trust, and my personal stall raised £100 for the Food Bank. This was a bit of a tentative try out, because of the circumstances. Next time, we will publicize more widely, when a bit more certainty comes our way.
Thanks to all who helped by providing and putting up flags, moving stalls and clearing up.

Well done everybody and nil desperandum!

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The band Ocean Brass has been booked for Thursday 17th December. At the moment, we don’t know what will be possible “within the rule of six” or whatever the regulations are at the time. Perhaps a band of six, but it will be difficult to ensure that the audience remains in groups of six and do not mingle. Any decision will have to wait until nearer the time.

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We intend to hold a Zoom AGM and the date chosen is Tuesday 10th November. Notices will be sent out about 2 weeks in advance. Do we have your email address? This will be very much an experiment. Let’s hope it does not have to be a regular event.

At recent AGMs, there has been little time to take any other business. But at this AGM, the intention is to give AOB plenty of time. So please email your items now.

Email us if you would like a practice using Zoom.

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The Association’s secretary, Lizzie Cox, tells us that she will not be continuing after the AGM as she will be moving away from Southampton for at least for two years.

Without a secretary, HCERA cannot function, so if you think this job may suit you, do not hesitate to send HCERA an email.

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by Hilary Crane

My three year period of office as a director is coming to an end this month. I have decided not to put myself forward for reappointment.

I agreed to join the working group and help set up the Company in 2017 to ensure that the freehold of the Estate was secured for the residents.

We have come a long way since then, achieved that initial aim, started to put in place some good processes for the future and we’ve learnt a lot along the way (I know I definitely have!). In that time, I have also changed jobs and found it increasingly difficult to juggle keeping on top of things, so I feel that the end of my term in October is the right time for me to step back. It will also be timed with the upcoming HCERA AGM (albeit a virtual one) who may appoint another director.

If you would like to know more about what is involved with being a director, please email me at hcel@herbertcollins.co.uk.

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The Swaythling Methodist Church building is up for sale and this provided an opportunity for Godfrey Collyer, one of our residents, to write a most interesting article on the history of the building and the role of Herbert Collins as its architect. This was in the Daily Echo on 23 September.

See www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18740896.look-swaythling-methodist-church/

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