Join in the jingle bells fun

Come along to a Christmas funday this Thursday, 13 December, for free festive entertainment, including Santa’s grotto, face painting, make your own Christmas decorations, and much more!Â
The entertainment gets underway from 4pm at West Earlham Community Centre, in Earlham with Christmas games, children’s entertainers, Marlpit Community Choir and free refreshments.
There are prizes to be won for all ages – including Christmas hampers and decorations for the adults – and every child who visits Santa’s grotto not only gets a chance to meet Father Christmas himself but will also receive a free gift.
This free family event, which runs until 8pm, has been organised for residents by Norwich City Council housing officers in partnership with council contractors Norse, Gasway, Foster Property Maintenance, SCCI Alphatrack and Anglian Building Products, as well as Cotman Housing, and tenant and community groups.
Event organiser and tenant involvement officer Natasha Norman said: “This is our fourth and final funday of the year and we hope to see lots of people from the west of the city getting into the Christmas spirit. All our previous fundays we’ve held around the city have attracted hundreds of residents and we hope this event is just as successful – not least because Santa is our special guest! Why not come along and chat to us over a cup of tea while your children enjoy the free entertainment and take home a present.”
Look out for our Christmas event poster in the west city area or contact the tenant involvement team on 0344 980 3333 or involvement@norwich.gov.uk for more details.

Spooky fun for all the family

Thrills and chills await Norwich children at Norwich City Council’s spook-tacular Halloween event on Wednesday 31 October.

The Jubilee Centre on Long John Hill in Lakenham will host the half-term day of ghoulish games, prize draws and face painting, with treats to delight children of all ages.

The fun starts at 11am, with pumpkin bowling, apple bobbing, a children’s entertainer, free refreshments – and much more – promising to draw in the crowds.

Children should come dressed to impress in their favourite Halloween costume to take part in our fancy dress parades – with prizes up for grabs – and parents can get in on the action by trying their luck in prize draws for Love2Shop vouchers (accepted at over 20,000 stores).

This free family funday, which will draw to a close at 3pm, has been organised by housing officers in conjunction with council contractors Norse, Gasway, Foster Property Maintenance and Anglian Building Products, and tenant and community groups.

On the day, council officers and Cotman Housing will be on hand to give housing and money advice, where they will jointly offer a prize for a money-saving activity. In addition, Cotman Housing will be there to discuss an outreach scheme for older people. There will also be local groups on hand to offer community and tenant involvement advice.

Look our for our Halloween funday poster in the south city area or contact the tenant involvement team on 0344 980 3333 or involvement@norwich.gov.uk for more details.

Games, prizes & sunshine at funday

Word had obviously spread about the last successful housing event Gasway supported because council officers were greeted with a queue of excited children when they threw open the doors to our Olympic summer funday.
Catton Grove Community Centre was filled with local children and their parents on Thursday 16 August, with about 200 local residents stopping by throughout the day to enjoy free entertainment and try their luck in the big prize draws. Our face-painting station proved popular, as did the fun, old-fashioned Punch and Judy show.
Along with another of the council’s contractors (Foster Property Maintenance), Gasway got in on the action by providing a host of activities, including splat the rat and beat the buzzer, awarding prizes such as a gas BBQ and moshi monsters.
In keeping with the nation’s Olympic spirit, the games and competitions also provided chances for children to win their own ‘gold’ medals, and pose for photos with an official Olympic Torch, thanks to guest appearances from two local Torchbearers who took part in the Olympic Torch Relay.
Daniel Browne, chairman of the Catton Grove Residents’ Association, who carried the Olympic flame as part of the Torch Relay, said: “It’s been absolutely packed and families have been taking part in the activities on offer. We’ve been really lucky with the weather and the children have been amazing. They have enjoyed all the events and have been having their photo taken with me and the torch.”
GasSafe representatives, the Fire Service, and members of the Catton Grove Residents’ Association also attended to chat with residents.
Rachael Warnes, the council’s business improvement team leader and one of the event’s organisers, said: “The day couldn’t have gone better and it was brilliant to see the kids enjoying themselves in the sunshine.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win a gas BBQ at council family funday!

An Olympics-themed event offering free children’s entertainment, games and big prizes is set to be held in the north of the city on Thursday 16 August.

Inspired by the Games, the funday offers a penalty shoot out competition, a host of activities where you can win your own ‘gold’ medal and the chance to hold an official torch carried in the Torch Relay thanks to our Olympic Torchbearer special guests.

Organised by Norwich City Council, entertainment gets underway from 11am at Catton Community Centre on Jewson Road and includes a Punch and Judy show, face paining, an exciting fire demonstration and the chance to learn about summer gas safety and identify health risks in your home.

What’s more, there are exciting prizes up for grabs with Gasway, the council’s main contractor for gas repairs and maintenance, giving away a gas barbeque and Foster Property Maintenance, its contractor for housing improvements and upgrades, awarding Love2shop vouchers (accepted at over 20,000 stores) to lucky winners.

Councillor Victoria MacDonald, cabinet member for housing, said: “This is the second in a series of free family fundays we have organised for tenants across the city, with valued support from contractors. The event represents a great opportunity for people to chat face-to-face with council officers and contractors about housing issues or ideas while their children enjoy the free activities and entertainment on offer.”

Catton Residents’ Association and the local fire service will also be lending a hand on the day, which will draw to a close at 3pm. Refreshments will be served.

Look out for the council’s funday posters or contact the council’s tenant involvement team on 0344 980 3333 or involvement@norwich.gov.uk for more details.

See you there!

Norwich families enjoyed the Mile Cross Festival

Gasway and Norwich City Council attended the very successful Mile Cross festival on Saturday 30 June. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed it as much as we did!

All set up and ready to go!

 

A gas BBQ was up for grabs in our big prize draw

 

Splat the rat proved popular

 

It was a great opportunity for us to meet local residents

 

The games were a big hit with the children

 

Lucky winners

 

The prize draw winner receiving his new BBQ

 

Norwich City Council's tenant involvement team's stall

 

A great day was had by all

 

You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Our March winner receiving his prizes

Don’t miss your chance to win a ÂŁ50 shopping voucher simply by giving feedback on the service you receive from Gasway, like Eddie Lovatt (pictured) who is our March 2012 winner. 
Mr Lovatt was delighted to receive his £50 voucher and Gasway goodies (as well as a giant Easter egg because he was lucky enough to win at Easter!).
All you have to do to enter our monthly prize draw for the voucher is fill in the online satisfaction survey about your recent visit from Gasway.
If you have already completed a satisfaction form by post, or while the engineer was on site, you will automatically be entered into the competition. Gasway will notify winners directly.
Talking about his experience of his Gasway visit, Mr Lovatt said: “The engineer came in and we had a chat – he was very friendly. He carried out the service quickly and efficiently, and was very tidy. I felt very confident in the service and it gives me peace of mind to know the boiler is safe.”
He completed the questionnaire online, in his own time after the engineer had left. “The questions were very straightforward to answer and the website is easy to access. There were only six short questions about the service and it took me less than 10 minutes.” 

Norwich residents enjoy an eggs-ellent funday!

Norwich children were treated to games and chocolate while their parents picked up life-saving gas safety tips at the Gasway Easter Funday on 4 April, hosted in partnership with Norwich City Council.
As the council’s main contractor for gas servicing and repairs, Gasway sponsored the event, which provided somewhere free to go in the Easter holidays for families looking to have fun and learn.
An Easter egg hunt, face painting and colouring competition were a big hit with the little ones, while residents made the most of the opportunity to speak with housing officers and Gasway staff about issues and ides. Gasway supplied all the goodies to giveaway and co-presented an exciting live gas demonstration with the council.Â
Fire-fighters from Sprowston Fire Service, GasSafe representatives and Mousehold TRA (tenant and resident association) also attended and chatted with residents,
Three more themed fundays for residents are scheduled to take place across the city this year. 

Gasway funday for city council tenants

If you’re looking for somewhere to go in the Easter holidays, where you and your family can learn and have fun, why not come along to the Gasway Funday for the East?
As part of our contract with Norwich City Council, we are organsing free activities for tenants throughout the year, supported by the council. This Easter themed event is the first in a series to run all over Norwich.Â
It’s a great opportunity for your children to enjoy an Easter egg hunt, games and activities, while you enjoy refreshments and chat face-to-face with council officers about any housing issues or ideas you may have.
Our live gas safety demonstrations will also help you identify health risks in your home and you try your luck in our free prize draw for a giant chocolate Easter egg.
Joing in the fun at Don Pratt Court in Heathgate, off Mousehold Street, on Wednesday 4 April, from 11am to 3pm.Â
For more information, contact the council’s tenant involvement team on involvement@norwich.gov.uk or 0344 980 3333. 

Norwich students spread gas safety message

As part of our contract with Norwich City Council, Gasway recently teamed up with Norwich students to run a competition to help spread vital gas safety messages to council tenants. As part of the competition, Grace Barrell and Ella Greenway, both 11 from Sewell Park College, created a poster which will feature on the cover of Norwich City Council’s gas safety leaflet. Judging took place at City Hall by council leader Brenda Arthur, director of regeneration and development Jerry Massey and Derrick Rust-Andrews, director of Gasway and you can see the winning entry and read more about the competition here: http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/norwich_students_spread_gas_safety_message_1_1162698