When B3 Living first formed (as Broxbourne Housing Association) in January 2006 we made a promise that we were going to be more than just a landlord, our core services would stretch beyond that of bricks and mortar “Better Homes, Better Communities”.
Community Development is a tool which allows us to deliver this promise, with a key purpose to challenge disadvantage and inequality, and to build communities based on the principles of social justice, equality and mutual respect.
Our Community Development programme is designed to create and provide opportunities for the community encouraging all to flourish and grow.
The Hertfordshire Five Gold Rings Project is a fantastic opportunity to bring our communities together socially and to have fun.
What makes this project so appealing is that everyone can get involved regardless of abilities, skills and experience, and with workshops in the early years learning centres through to performances within our sheltered schemes it is clearly for all ages.
B3 Living are partnering Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings with the following projects.
Starting from March 2012
Goffs School has collaborated with young mentors from the Purcell School’s IMPULSE Outreach group and Cheshunt Extended Services (ChExs) to start up their own outreach community project. They have had four exciting workshops with the percussionists Chris Draper and Joe Richards, and created a spectacular Samba group. ChExs linked Goff’s with the project and coordinated the primary school visits including all transportation, which enabled Goffs to run 17 Samba workshops in 13 Hertfordshire primary schools, involving several hundred children. This is an outstanding achievement, for which all those involved should feel very proud indeed!
Goffs School’s IMPULSE Outreach project was generously supported by B3Living and Cheshunt Extended Services.
Case study: Goffs School IMPULSE Outreach Training.
Week commencing 16 April 2012
Community Engagement Events in Broxbourne
Peter Walkinshaw, BHA's Resident Involvement Manager, invited Nick Denham and Alison Cox to come and present Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings to Broxbourne tenants. Both Alison and Nick greatly enjoyed meeting the tenants, and had an excellent response from them.
Wednesday evenings from May 2012 – See flyer for more information
Broxbourne’s World Choir was created on Wednesday 2nd May. It rehearses regularly in Broxbourne and gave its first performances in June/July 2012. Broxbourne and Riversmead residents are warmly invited to join the choir, which is developing in a very exciting way, and going from strength to strength.
“The World Choir was the loveliest thing I have heard this year!” - comment by Broxbourne resident
“Those singers were absolutely splendid - I loved the little baby, and they told me he’s now the choir’s mascot!” - comment by a member of the Purcell School’s Music Department
Special thanks to B3Living and the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts for supporting and encouraging the development of the Broxbourne World Choir
15 May to 9 July 2012
Faster, Higher, Stronger
A unique music/dance collaboration led by the dancer Natasha Hubert, staff and pupils from The Purcell School. Young musicians, dancers and composers from all over Hertfordshire worked with pupils from the Purcell School and dancers from Mid Herts Centre for Music and the Arts. Read about the project here
Between May and October, a series of highly successful music classes for very young children and their parents were run in Letchworth, Hitchin and Chorleywood by Madeleine Bradbury-Rance (singer/cellist) supported by the pianist, Iain Lacks. Everyone had a great time singing, dancing, acting, waving banners, discovering the cello, blowing bubbles ...and doing all sorts of other exciting things as well!
Madeleine has produced some useful suggestions for parents and carers, who want to encourage young children to love music. Click on this link.
29 June 2012
By the cross, Waltham Cross
Music in the Market!
12.noon - Speeches and introductions
12.15 p.m. HAFLA - four dynamic young musicians - Josh Dalton - Violin (UK) Tomas Vidal - cello (France) Owen Bunting - Guitar (UK) Atanas Dochev - percussion (Hungary)
Introduced by Josh Dalton
12.45 p.m. WORLD MUSIC DUO - featuring Kristijian Petrovic - an amazing Serbian violin from Belgrade accompanied by Jumaane Richardson Robin from Trinidad
Introduced by Jumaane Richardson Robin
1.05 p.m. Pieris Pieretti - voice and guitar - a lively, attractive selection of Greek songs
1.25 p.m. Strings and Five Gold Rings - Josh Dalton (violin) Kristijian Petrovic (violin) Pete Banks (viola) Tomas Vidal (Cello)
1.45 p.m. THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YOUTH PHILHARMONIC - twenty outstanding young musicians currently visiting the UK
2.30 p.m. Closing speeches
2 July 2012
Faster, Higher, Stronger
The young dancers gave an outstanding first performance of Faster, Higher Stronger at the Purcell School on Monday July 2nd. This was one of the highlights in an exciting Purcell School event called Sound, Image, Movement, where all kinds of multimedia performances take place. The dance project was greatly enjoyed and admired, and Natasha Hubert's choreography to music by young composers was sensitive and expressive. The young dancers also enjoyed listening to some rather off-the-wall creative efforts by Purcell School pupils!
2 July 2012
Herts Regional College
Herts Regional College's Five Gold Rings
Students and staff from Herts Regional College collaborated and worked very hard to run their own special Gala Event, HRC's Five Gold Rings. This was a highly successful occasion, attended by friends of the performers and of the college itself. Talented young musicians and bands from the college entertained the audience with their own original material and arrangements. The event was enjoyable, varied, professionally organised and a great credit to all those involved.
3 July 2012
Broxbourne Civic Hall
IMPULSE Outreach Training - Pre Gala Presentation
Four secondary schools and one primary in Hertfordshire were chosen to participate in a special pilot project for IMPULSE Outreach Training, sponsored by the Housing Associations linked to Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings.
The five schools were Goffs School – sponsored by B3Living, Sele School – sponsored by Riversmead Housing Association, Northwood School – sponsored by Thrive Homes, Watford Central Primary School – sponsored by Watford Community Housing Trust and Meridian School – sponsored by North Hertfordshire Homes.
On Tuesday July 3rd, the schools presented their outreach achievements to one another at Broxbourne Civic Hall. Read all about it here
3 July 2012
Broxbourne Civic Hall
Faster, Higher Stronger’s Gala performance
This was a dazzling and highly memorable second performance of 'Faster, Higher, Stronger' by the team of young dancers in their beautiful, specially designed costumes. The choreography was enhanced further by the spectacular staging facilities and lighting effects offered by Broxbourne Civic Centre. Many thanks to the BCC Technicians for making the performance look so colourful and exciting.
3 July 2012
Broxbourne Civic Hall
Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings Gala Performance
Musicians and dancers from all over Hertfordshire, supported by Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings, the Purcell School and Hertfordshire Music Service performed in a really spectacular, colourful community event on Tuesday July 3rd. Many thanks to Broxbourne Civic Hall for hosting the event, and for providing such an excellent support/technical/front of house team.
5 to 11 July 2012
The Purcell School's IMPULSE Outreach Tour of Hertfordshire
A lively group of young musicians from the Purcell School, who travelled round Hertfordshire in early July visiting both primary and secondary schools, running creative/performing projects with young people and encouraging them to love music. As well as this, they visited all five schools involved in the pilot programme. IMPULSE also performed in community events and ceremonies leading up to the Olympics, for example the Ware Carnival, Herts of Flame, Whipsnade Zoo and a lot more, too!
Many thanks to Hannah Grayson who organised the tour so carefully, and to Alice Munks who identified some excellent leisuretime activities for the young musicians - including bowling!
9 July 2012
Watford Palace Theatre
Faster, Higher Stronger's Gala performance
DanceDigital took Natasha Hubert’s choreography Faster, Higher, Stronger, as commissioned for Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings, to Watford Palace Theatre for Big Dance 2012 Schools’ Jam. They opened the show with a fantastic energy for the rest of the schools and clubs following in this showcase event. The original score, written by composers from Purcell School and local participants, was well received in the Theatre setting.
5 August 2012
Celebrating Our Communities, at Cedars Park, Waltham Cross
Shaking off the showers (and with Andy Murray winning Olympic Gold on the van radio), local residents gathered under canvas and tried out drums, flutes, cornets, trombones and a saxophone. Lead by Dan Earley, percussionist and workshop leader with Herts Music Service, and four of Purcell School's outreach team, the ‘band’ of local people was swelled by a local community music group who shared the marquee, and who ‘jammed’ with us and the event’s visitors into the afternoon. Vibrant rhythms, rap and crashes of percussion were heard around the site, and we drew one of the largest crowds of the day. The event manager from Broxbourne Borough Council thanked Five Gold Rings for providing the ‘best part of the event’.
13 and 14 October 2012
Strings and Things 2012
Strings and Things is a project for string players and composers, offering young people in Hertfordshire an opportunity to rehearse and perform with Purcell School students and others from further afield, and to receive coaching from experienced professional string players and composers.
There were three strands to this project - 1) Mixed ensembles and a string orchestra for more experienced players led by Charles Sewart from the Purcell School. 2) a programme for less experienced players, led by Maureen Parrington from Pro Corda. 3) A project linked to ESTA’s first-ever Young Composers’ Competition, run by ESTA in collaboration with the Purcell School.
See the photographs and read all about the projects HERE