AN EVENING WITH ROBERT SMITH MBE, WELLS HARBOUR MASTER
FRIDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2021
DOORS OPEN 6.30PM
WELLS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
A fantastic evening as Robert’s knowledge of the Port of Wells and surrounding landscape is second to none.
Tickets £22.50 per person to include a fish & chip supper.
Bar and raffle.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your ticket(s).
All proceeds to Homes for Wells – helping locals stay local
On Monday 9th August we were very pleased to hold the Official Opening of 3 and 3A Northfield Waye - see news report in the link below:
We had a fantastic, fun, evening, with a really good turn out. We are extremely pleased to say we have raised approximately £4,000 towards the refurbishment of our Northfield Waye flats, which is brilliant. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the individuals and companies who generously donated promises, everyone who placed a bid, and to Pat Weston for being our auctioneer, and to Ali for being his assistant. We could not have done this without you. Thank you all so much.
We're very happy to say that Our Auction of Promises, originally booked for March 2020 & rebooked for March 2021, is now going ahead on Friday 4th June, 2021, at the Maltings. Doors open at 6.45pm & bidding will start at 7.15pm. We have a fabulous range of promises, some of which are things which money can't usually buy! All proceeds will go towards our Northfield Waye Project (the refurbishment of 4 ex-local authority flats we have recently purchased). We'd love to see you on the night, so do please come along - it should be a fun evening. It's not too late to donate a promise - please ring the office (01328 711703) or email :email@example.com
We're extremely grateful to all who have already made cash donations towards our project, and to FAKENHAM | City Plumbing Supplies for the fantastic donation of a complete bathroom.
From now on, please visit homesforwells.com for our news, particularly if you are a tenant, an applicant already on our waiting list, a potential applicant, or one of our great many supporters.
If you are an applicant and hoping for the offer of a tenancy, we will contact you when there is a suitable vacancy and your application is near the top of the list.
If you are a supporter and would like to volunteer to help, we will be holding fundraising events as soon as Covid restrictions are lifted. Our ‘Auction of Promises’ should have gone ahead last March and again this March, but we will hold it as soon as we are allowed. We will publish the date on our website. If the Carnival and Christmas Tide go ahead, we will definitely participate and will be grateful for helpers on our stand.
If you would like to help us by attending our Annual General Meeting in September, you can contact us at any time and ask to become a Shareholder. This entitles you to attend our AGM and to ask questions about our strategy and elect potential new Trustees to our Board.
If you would like to apply to become a Trustee of Homes for Wells and attend Board meetings, please contact us in good time before our AGM. Some voluntary organisations continue successfully for many years with the same tight-knit group, but eventually new Trustees are needed. I believe it is good to attract new talents into our team, to help us to innovate and keep growing strongly.
If you support our aims and want to help us to influence the Neighbourhood Plan in favour of more affordable homes, please attend the public meetings which will be held as soon as the lockdown is eased enough to permit them being held. Many people have told me of their concerns as their neighbours have to move away, leaving ‘next door’ empty and dark for most of the year, but increasingly occupied by intolerably noisy and inconsiderate visitors in the summer. Yes, tourism has brought prosperity in the high season for Wells but, like the ‘oil boom’, its continued growth threatens to make other industries less viable. Please have your say as to how you hope to see Wells thrive all year round, with enough affordable housing and a wide variety of work, and not just at the minimum wage.
If you love Wells so much that you have a second home here, why not make it your only home? Wells has so many clubs and societies that all interests are catered for. They all need new members and helpers and are a vital part of what makes Wells a vibrant and thriving community, all year round.
Major new support for Homes for Wells
On 1stFebruary, North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet voted unanimously to help Homes for Wells with a low interest loan. This will enable us to buy two more two-bed flats, in Northfield Waye, from Flagship. This is in addition to grants already awarded to us. The loans will be repaid from the rents we receive. NNDC is helping to support other Community-Led Housing Organisations and they see Homes for Wells as a pioneer for taking up some of the different kinds of offers they are making available.
We cannot thank NNDC enough for all the encouragement and practical help they have given us, particularly over the past three years.
In January, we received news that Flagship will take on the development of the Warham Project, with tenancies being offered to applicants on Homes for Wells’ list. Homes for Wells is in discussion now with Flagship as to next steps.
Completion of the project will not be before late Spring 2022. There is no possibility of new tenancies being awarded before then, so we ask anyone in Warham or Wells who would be interested, to please be patient, but keep checking our website for updates.
We are delighted that Flagship has helped us to realise the vision of this project, which will help to keep Warham a thriving neighbouring community. Thankyou also to Warham Parish Council whose unswerving support and encouragement has been invaluable throughout.
Holkham Charitable Foundation, as reported in the last “Quay”, has given their largest award yet, to Homes for Wells, to fund the refurbishments of four new homes in Northfield Waye. This is a significant new source of help and is targeted on a specific project, the benefits of which will be clearly identifiable.
This award has been followed by an invitation to benefit from the Holkham Estate’s initiative in sustainability, which is launched under the name of “Wonder”. Of particular interest are their biodiversity and low carbon initiatives and the fact that they are looking for collaborative partners. What will clearly help is any new project that reduces carbon use in our properties, while keeping tenants’ homes warm and comfortable. Besides that, our Northfield Waye homes have proper gardens and we’re keen to encourage our tenants to enjoy their gardens and play their part in increasing biodiversity.