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The Hillington Square Football Club, based out of Freebridge’s Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre in King’s Lynn, was awarded Best Inclusive Project at the Norfolk Football Association Community Volunteer Awards.

The awards were judged by a national panel of experts which included World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst. The ceremony was held at Sprowston Manor Hotel on Friday 25 August 2017 and winners received various prizes including match tickets, coaching bursaries, kit or equipment.

The sessions remain free of charge and the 15 to 20 children who regularly attend each session range between 8-14 years old, and come to the club from a variety of cultural backgrounds to take part in games and training drills.

The Norfolk FA put Freebridge employee Alice Henderson and one of the clubs members, Andris Vasilevskis, through their level 1 coaching qualification so that they could continue to develop the footballing skills of those involved.

Alice Henderson, team coach and Freebridge employee, said: “I am delighted that the volunteers and young people that attend these football sessions have been recognised for their commitment to the club.

“A lot of the young people are the same children I met when I first began coaching them, and seeing them develop their skills, both on the pitch and socially has been great.”

Through their close links to Freebridge and Providence Street the Football Club have also been able to get involved in a number other activities and community events in and around the area, including the Hillington Square Summer Fete.

Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge, said: “It’s great to see that one of the groups that we are supporting through our Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre has received such a clear endorsement.

“To receive recognition from a judging panel made up of such iconic names is testament to the hard work that all those involved have put in to make the club a success.”



The Hillington Square Summer Fete made a popular return on Saturday 15 July.

Despite the rain, the fete – now in its fourth year, played host to food and fun for all the family, with music and games on offer throughout the afternoon.

Among the many exciting activities that were on offer were; a bouncy castle, face painting and the chance to train your eye to the heavens with an astronomy telescope.

Undeterred by the weather, the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Councillor Carol Bower, came along to support the fete and take part in some of the activities.

Freebridge Director of Housing, Robert Clarke, said: “The Hillington Square Fete is one of the highlights of the summer for Freebridge, and although the weather wasn’t at its best, it was great to see so many people getting involved in the fun, it shows the fantastic community spirit that we have here in King’s Lynn and west Norfolk.”

Changes to Hillington Square Phasing

Having now completed well over half the work on the Hillington Square regeneration project plan, Freebridge Community Housing have announced changes to the timings of the works remaining for those phases not yet started.

Phase 5 was originally planned to include work to Ladysmith House, Farrow House and Vicarage House, however after looking into the best way to complete the remaining work to the highest standard, Freebridge now intend to complete the work on Chestnut House and Aitken House next.

This means that those in Chestnut House and Aitken House will be moving out of their homes later this year, and returning in 2018, with those in Ladysmith House, Farrow House and Vicarage House moving out in late 2018 and returning in 2019. The final phase will see those in Norris House move out in 2019.

HSQ Re-Phasing Comms Marked

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing said: “The project to regenerate the Hillington Square estate is a large and complex one. With that being the case we have always tried to make sure that we have taken on the lessons learnt from each previous phase completed. As a result of this we now feel that the best way to complete the remaining work, ensuring we maintain the highest standards as we go, is to complete the refurbishment of Chestnut House and Aitken House next.”


Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre has become an important part of Hillington Square, bringing community events to the residents of Hillington Square and the surrounding areas of King’s Lynn. Situated on the edge of Hillington Square, their garden has bloomed into life

The garden was funded by generous donations from Lovell, Arc Fabrications, ElecSure, KJ Plastering Ltd, Westcoast Windows, Osborn & Kent and Proctor Roofing and Ground Control.

The structural work on the garden was carried out by Freebridge Community Housing Property Services, whilst the planting and general upkeep will be maintained by volunteers from the centre and the community.

The Norfolk Youth Offending Team contributed benches for the garden from their workshop nearby, whilst fencing was provided by West Norfolk MIND.

Robert Clarke, Freebridge Director of Housing, said: “We are really pleased to see this great new space available in time for the summer.

“As we continue to use our Placeshaping team at Providence Street to improve communities across West Norfolk we would like to express our gratitude to all the businesses and charities who have supported this and the many other projects we’re involved with.

“We would like to invite members of the public to come down and hopefully enjoy some summer sun in the garden.”

Colby Court Joins Hillington Square

#1Freebridge Community Housing were pleased to welcome David Orr, the Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation to Hillington Square last week, to celebrate the finish of the third phase of the regeneration project, namely Colby Court.

The completion of Colby Court is the latest milestone in the regeneration project, following the completion of Millfleet Court and Valentine Place, and sees work on 158 of the original 320 homes now completed.

Mr Orr was given the opportunity to take a look the work happening at Hillington Square, and took time out to meet some of the tenants who had recently moved into their new homes in Colby Court. He was also shown the work that has just begun on Phase 4 of the project, which should see a further 44 homes finished in early 2018.

Freebridge Chief Executive, Tony Hall, said: “As an organisation we are tremendously proud of the work that we have completed at Hillington Square and the positive effect that the regeneration has had on the communities in and around the area.

“Today was a great opportunity for us to share that work with David, but also a chance to show him the plans that we continue to push forward with for the final phases of the project.”

David Orr, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation said: “I always enjoy seeing the things that Housing Associations do that make the places where people live better.

“Regeneration is about taking places like Hillington Square, where people were thrilled to live when they were first built, and making changes so that people are thrilled to live here once again.

“Seeing the work that Freebridge have done demonstrates the kind of difference that organisations that know and understand their communities can really make.

“Freebridge should be proud of what they’ve achieved.”

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Freebridge Community Housing have announced changes to the Hillington Square regeneration project plan.

Phase 4 of the project (the next phase, which planned to include work to Greenland House, Ladysmith House, Farrow House and Vicarage House) was the largest of the planned phases, however over time it has become clear that because of how the work is completed, and the accessibility to the buildings, it is not practical to do all the work in one go.

So as a result the work on Phase 4 will be split into two distinct phases, Phase 4 and Phase 5, with work starting on Phase 4 in early 2017 and on Phase 5 in 2018.

In addition to this Freebridge have listened to feedback from residents on what has worked well on the phases completed so far, and have decided to increase the demolition on Phase 4 – specifically six properties in Vicarage House and a further six where Ladysmith House meets Greenland House.

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing said: “This is a large and complex project and we want to complete it with as little inconvenience to our residents and the surrounding community as possible. By approaching the regeneration of Hillington Square in a phased way it has meant that we have been able to learn from the work we have already done as each phase is completed. Splitting Phase 4 into two new phases will help minimise the length of time that people will be affected, and the additional changes will open up the estate and the enclosed green space providing residents with a better place for them to call home.”

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Freebridge Community Housing welcomed in the summer sun with their annual fete at Hillington Square on Saturday 23 July.


Now into its third year, the fete played host to a number of local organisations and charities who came together to take part in the summer celebration.

Charities such as The Mathew Project, The Engaging Theatre Company and MIND all pitched their tables alongside other local companies and charities in support of a fantastic day.


(Sarah from The Engaging Theatre Company)

There was a range of activities for all the family to enjoy including; a bouncy castle, DJ, face painting, a crafts table and many more stands with fun and games.



The Mayor of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Councillor David Whitby, was on hand to provide the official opening of the fete.

Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge said: “Every year the fete at Hillington Square proves more and more popular with not only Freebridge tenants, but also residents from all over Kings Lynn.


“The continued support given by local businesses and charities helps the event flourish and it’s wonderful to see so many people coming down and getting involved in the fun, it shows the fantastic community spirit that we have here in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.”



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A little while ago we welcomed the new residents to Valentines Place. And now that we’ve finished work on both Millfleet Court and Valentine Place we’ve started on the third phase of the redevelopment.

Each phase of the work has so far taken around a year to complete, so if all goes according to plan, by this time next year we’ll be telling those tenants returning how we’re planning to welcome them back!


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We welcomed members of the community along with other special guests to the launch of the second phase at Hillington Square, Valentine Place!

Valentine Place is the second phase of the Hillington Square regeneration project, which represents an investment of over £5 million by Freebridge Community Housing in the local community. The completion was marked by celebrations involving Hillington Square residents along with employees and partners of Freebridge.

Guests attending included Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, members of the Freebridge Tenant Panel and both new and old residents from the local area.


Delicious food was on offer from the Community Cafe on Hillington Square, and there were a host of craft activities for the children to enjoy. 

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing said: “We are very pleased to see that everyone has settled into their new home at Valentine Place and are quickly becoming a part of the wider community on Hillington Square.  It’s great to see that the work we have done so far is having such a positive impact.”


Valentine Place at Hillington Square has a range of studios, along with one, two and three bedroom homes available for tenants registered with Home Choice.  Work on phase three of the development will begin in the next few months.


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