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Rectory Park community comes together for fun day

Over 350 residents from Northolt enjoyed a day of activities and entertainment at the Network Homes fun day on Saturday 30 September at Rectory Fields, Northolt. 

Network Homes organised the event to bring people from the community together whose homes are being transformed as part of the housing association’s regeneration of the Rectory Park area.

Visitors had the opportunity to find out more about the regeneration plans and discuss what they would like to see improved, and how the new community centre should be used. People also got to suggest names for the new blocks being built by Network Homes.

Helen Evans, Network Homes’ Chief Executive said: “The fun day was a great opportunity for the community at Rectory Park to find out more about our plans for the area and the new homes we are building.

“Our work here started in December 2012 and so far we have provided 174 new homes for shared ownership and affordable rent at Rectory Park. By 2020, there will be 449 new homes and a new community centre. We will continue to work with the community at Rectory Park to create an exciting new neighbourhood.”

Westside radio compered throughout the day and provided a DJ for the event. There was also live entertainment from the Pantasy Steel Band on the main stage.

There were plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy including: face painting, rides, a bouncy castle and a climbing wall. Local police and the fire brigade were present and offered advice on safety. Employment and training advice was on hand alongside the Network Homes Income and Tenancy Sustainment Team which offered advice and assistance.

Various health charities and organisations were there in a dedicated health zone to provide information on different issues. This included: Thames Carers Trust, Prostate Cancer UK, Spectra Age UK and the NHS. Visitors could make their own smoothies on smoothie bikes.

Simon Woodroofe, Mayor of Ealing attended the event and said “It was amazing to see the community come together for such a great event. The regeneration of Rectory Park has made the area flourish and there’s much more to come which is very exciting. I would like to thank Network Homes for their continued work and organising such a successful fun day.”