Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings

Thrive Homes

At Thrive Homes our vision is to create a thriving community where there are life choices and opportunities. We provide over 4,000 high quality affordable homes and provide excellent services to help develop communities where people will enjoy living.

We are involved with our communities on a day to day basis. Our role as social landlord puts us in constant communication with residents and partner organisations in the local area.

In addition to our work as a local landlord, we have the willingness and ability to support local agencies and projects and have the resources and experience to make a difference.

Residents have been instrumental in improving and shaping the services that we provide. Resident Voice Groups have also helped us distribute charitable donations from our contractors - in April 2011 our Major Works Resident Voice Group chose Hertfordshire Air Ambulance to receive £350 donated by our partnering contractor Manse Masterdor Ltd.

Thrive Homes is keen to support local projects that are making a real difference to our residents and the wider community.

Case study:

Madeleine’s Musical Adventure.

Thrive Homes are partnering Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings with the following projects.

Starting from March 2012

Northwood School pupils created a successful outreach project with IMPULSE Mentors Tommy Andrews (saxophone) and Kimberley Ward (clarinet). Their project was called ‘Take Note’ and they are grateful to Thrive Homes for supporting it.

When young musicians from the Purcell School came to visit Northwood, Pupils in years 8 and 9 who were members of ‘Take Note’ taught a song to these much older students with great skill and confidence!

‘Take Note’ also visited primary schools in the Thrive Homes area where they inspired children with their songs and musical games.

Northwood School’s IMPULSE Outreach project was generously supported by Thrive Homes.

Northwood school web site

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

May-July 2012

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.

Read this newspaper article about Madeleine and her musical project!

May-October 2012

Early Years project supported by Thrive Homes.

Children’s Centre Manager Sandra Mooney said - “It was truly a wonderful experience for children and staff. The faces of the children were an absolute delight as they listened to live music, an experience that many of them the children had not had. To not only hear the cello being played but to have a go themselves was something that will see their music learning increase. Madeleine and her team worked so hard making sure it was fun for the children from taking us from the Olympics to flying to the moon. Staff were able to gain new ideas and these are being used in the services at the Children’s Centre.”

Feedback from parents.
“Thank you so much we really enjoyed the sessions. We were singing all the way home.”
“Really great. It was so lovely to see my child joining in and getting so much from the sessions.”
“Since attending we have booked on to a local music group.”
“Great sessions, wish there were more.”

2 July 2012
Purcell School

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!

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.

Jane Hunt's beautiful programme for the Gala Performance can be viewed HERE and you can see a slideshow of the event HERE

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.

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