Newsletter June 2021

 

Newsletter - June 2021

Since the roll out of the COVID vaccine it seems as though we have made rapid progress and we are getting back to some sort of normality.  The restrictions have eased and we can now meet one another, whilst still being careful, which is good news.  What a priviledge to sit inside the pub instead of sitting outside in the cold!

On Sunday the 4th April, Easter Sunday, Blagdon residents, staff and their families went out hunting to find chocolate eggs in the quarry and walled gardens.  Hopefully, everyone managed to find an egg or two, to take home and enjoy. Traditionally, Blagdon would have hosted an Easter event but we had to resort to the bunny heading out early, in isolation to hide the eggs this year.

In the past, Blagdon has enjoyed many events and it is hoped that we can possibly organise some new events in future, with your help?   A couple of years ago the new Blagdon Social Committee "The BSC" was formed, but COVID restrictions prevented any events from taking place last year.  It is now felt the committee could re-group.  If anyone has time to spare and wishes to be involved in the social committee, email me and we can try to get a date booked in to have a meeting.

 

Estate Office:

If you have been out and about you might have noticed the estate office door is now open.  The reception is staffed from 0900- 1300hrs, Monday - Friday.  Please continue to report landlord repairs by phone and there is a contact telephone number on the answerphone for any out of hours, estate type emergencies.

If you do have to call in person at the estate office, please adhere to social distancing and wear a face mask.

 

Maintenance & Woods Teams:

The maintenance and woods teams are working across the estate and have all been keeping busy.  Grass cutting season is well underway and there is no shortage of things to do.

 

Estate External Painting

Southern's, the painting and decorating contractor are working on the estates' properties.  If your property is due for painting and is on the list you should have already been informed and given instructions to remove any hazards or risks before the painters arrive. Tenants are reminded of the need to keep opening and closing their painted windows throughout the process to avoid them becoming painted shut!

 

Open Gardens:

The Red Cross aim to hold an event at Blagdon on the 5th of September 2021.  Further information will be published on our website and in the next edition of the newsletter.

Cricket:

It is good to see the Blagdon Cricket club has started its season.  Visitors/Parents are asked to remain within the vicinity of the clubhouse and are not permitted to wander around the estate grounds.

 

Communication:

Our newsletter is published bi-monthly on the website and tenants should keep an an eye on our website 'News' section for our latest updates, advice and guidance.  This section is kept updated throughout the year.

 

Electrical Condition Reports:

Rush Electrical, Bay Electrical and J&D Shepherd's have been tasked with carrying out electrical checks at some of our properties.  As a private landlord the estate has to have the properties checked and to rectify any defects found. Many tenants have already had one of our appointed electricians at their homes and if you do have any concerns please let us know. The work the electricians are carrying out is considered to be essential.

 

Footpaths and dogs:

The Home Farm along with the estates farm tenants, shooting syndicates and forestry team all work together to conserve and enhance wildlife habitats found on the estate - as a result we have seeen numbers of threatened farmland birds such as Grey Partridge, Yellowhammer and Lapwing stabilise or in some cases increase.  It is important to emphasize that footpaths are kept to and dogs are in close control or kept on leads.

 

Permit to work forms:

If you are a residential tenant planning to carry out work to one of our properties, please apply on a permit to work form (available from this office), prior to having any work carried out.   All work should be carried out by a qualified person with the appropriate insurance in place.

 

Advice - looking after your property:

The estate offers advice and guidance about how to look after older type properties through winter.  The summer months offer excellent opportunities to open doors and windows, to let fresh air circulate and to help to prevent condensation and damp from forming.

Tenants should venilate their homes, opening windows every day,  especially whilst cooking and after bathing to let the steam out.  They should avoid drying clothes inside e.g. in front of the gas fire or on the radiators as this can add moisture, leading to problems in future.

Blocked gutters can also cause damp when water runs over the top and down the exterior walls.  In most cases, tenants are responsible for clearing their own gutters and it is quite surprising how full then can get with leaves, seeds, pine needles, etc.  Whilst it is not the nicest of jobs to do, it is an important one.

Please make sure you arrange to do a check of your gutters and clean them out a few times a year to keep them in good working order.

 

Post Office @Stannington:

St Mary's Church, Stannington operate a post office on Monday's between 12 noon - 1.15pm & Fridays from 9.15 - 10.45am. Under usual circumstances, the Church run a coffee shop during the Post Office opening times, providing an opportunity for people to catch up and have a chat.

 

Chimney Sweeping:

A reminder to have your chimney swept at least once a year and to provide a certificate to the estate office. The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps is a professional organization and members have a strict criteria for sweeping. It is worth considering whether the sweep you appoint is a member of this organization as they should follow the highest standards in the industry.

 

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide alarms:

All tenants are requested to test their alarms regularly to ensure they are in full working order.

 

The next newsletter is due to be publised in August 2021. If you have any events or news to be published within the newsletter, please let us know as we would be delighted to hear from you.

We wish you all the very best for the summer months and look forward to seeing you whilst out and about on the estate.

 

Best Wishes.

Claire

Estate Administrator