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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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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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Father Christmas Comes to the Square!

We welcomed some very special guests to the Community Cafe yesterday! Father Christmas, with his donkeys and sheep visited for the afternoon at Hillington Square, and loads of you came to see them!


Children and their families from all over the area were invited to come along to the grotto, to meet Father Christmas and his friends. There were a range of craft activities and face painting on offer, with delicious food for everyone to enjoy.




Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge said: “When Father Christmas came to the cafe last year, we really hoped that he’d be able to come along again this year – and we’re so glad he did! Being able to see everyone enjoying this fantastic afternoon in the heart of the community is really special, and we have seen lots of families making memories that they will carry long in to the future. A huge thank you to all those involved in organising the day, and of course Father Christmas himself!”



We hope you all had a fantastic time, and we hope you all have a very merry christmas and a happy new year!

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Hillington Square Wins Awards!


The good news keeps coming in about Hillington Square!

Not long ago, we wrote a post about Hillington Square being nominated in the National Housing Awards for Best Marketing Campaign. The awards took place a couple of weeks ago and although we didn’t win we did get highly commended from the judging panel.

Wait, there’s more!

Hillington Square was nominated and won the Housing category in the Architects’ Journal Retrofit awards.

Also, Architects mae LLP, entered the Hillington Square project in to the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) Planning Achievement Award and Hillington Square was named as a joint winner in the East of England regional awards. The honour was shared with Evolution Town Planning.

And finally Hillington Square is also up for Best Refurbishment Project at the annual Brick Awards with the Brick Development Association, the winners of which will be announced in early November.

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Pop-Up Clothes Shop

Come along and grab a bargain on Thursday 17 September 12-2pm at the Community Café on Hillington Square for the launch of the Pop-Up Clothes Shop! 

It will then remain open for two weeks, first at the Community Café and then opening at Providence Street Community Centre, weekdays 9am-5pm. Clothes will be priced between £2 – £5 and will be in adult and children sizes. Please check the leaflet below for more details. 

All money raised will go towards the Father Christmas Grotto at Hillington Square. 

If you have any questions, please contact the community organiser Ruth Taylor (ruth.taylor@freebridge.org.uk) or call her on 07872 109732.

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The fifteenth issue of Your Community News is now available for you to read here.

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Hillington Square Dog Show

Dog Show Leaflet

Freebridge Community Housing are welcoming dogs and their owners to join their first Community Dog Show, at Hillington Square!

The Dog Show, taking place this Friday 28 August between 12-3pm, is free to enter and supported by Mill House Vets. The event is open to everyone and dogs do not need to be registered beforehand to take part. There are eight categories and first, second and third place in each class will receive a prize:

  • Cutest Puppy
  • Best Crossbreed
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Best Six Legs (Dog and handler together)
  • Most Appealing Eyes
  • Best Child Handler
  • Best Older Dog (Over seven years)
  • Best In Show

Alongside the show itself, there will be agility displays, dog training advice and pet products available to buy. The event has been organised to encourage continued responsible pet ownership while understanding how best to enjoy time with your dog. A range of pet services, many of which are free, are on offer in the local area and this is the perfect opportunity to find out more.

Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming people and their dogs to Hillington Square to join in with the show. The afternoon promises to be great fun, and by having organisations involved like Mill House Vets, there will be really helpful information and guidance available to all. We have made sure that there are categories to suit every type of dog, so come along to the heart of the community and enjoy the afternoon!”

Sam Richardson, Senior Nurse at Mill House Vets went on to say: “I am looking forward to meeting everyone on the day – as well as having fun, I will be bringing lots of useful information with me about the amazing charity PDSA and the help we can offer together to families on limited incomes.  I also run puppy training classes at Mill House so will be happy to chat all things puppy!”

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Heart of the Community Welcomes Valentine Place

Exciting news has been announced for Hillington Square as the next block name has been revealed… It will be called Valentine Place!

To choose the new names, Freebridge received information from nearly 300 people living or working in the area at a series of consultations in 2013. Interviewees gave their views about Hillington Square and what it means to them. The research showed that the community did not want to see a new name for the estate, but there was strong support for a more individual approach for homes by promoting the identities of the blocks.

Colin Davison, Director of Property at Freebridge said: “When we told the community that the name Millfleet Court had been chosen for Phase One at Hillington Square, we were delighted with the way it was welcomed by everyone, including the residents moving into the refurbished homes.

“By listening and responding to what local people told us, we are confident that the new name for Phase Two, Valentine Place will be equally well received into the heart of the community.”

Other names that will be used as part of the £30-million regeneration in Hillington Square are Coronation Walk, Eldridge Way and Gurney Road. Details of their use will be shared further into the regeneration project.



What do you think of the new name? Let us know!


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The fourteenth issue of Your Community News is now available for you to read here.

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