Youngsters' Legacy for Henllan
Published by Sharon Buckley for Wales & West Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education
(left to right) Gareth Jarvis, WWH Development Officer, Menai Baugh, headteacher of Ysgol Henllan, and Claire Sumner, WWH Housing Officer, with Jac Salusbury (9), Sophie Edwards (9), and Scott Parry-Jones (9) (front).
YOUNGSTERS from Ysgol Henllan Welsh medium primary school have teamed up with Wales & West Housing (WWH) to create a little bit of history in Henllan.
The children were invited to come up with names for new properties on Garn ROAD, Henllan, which are part of the new development at Cil-y-Coed which have been built by WWH in partnership with Denbighshire County Council for affordable rent by local people.
Using the history and geography of their local area as their inspiration, the children came up with dozens of ideas, with 9-year-old trio Sophie Edwards, Jac Salusbury and Scott Parry-Jones judged by Cate Porter, Claire Sumner and Gareth Jarvis of WWH to be the overall winners with their suggestions: Ty Coed, Ty Clwyd and Ty’r Parc respectively.
Mrs Menai Baugh, headmistress of Ysgol Henllan, said: “We were honored to be asked by Wales & West Housing to name these houses and the competition gave us the opportunity for participating youngsters from Years 5 and 6 to learn more about the immediate geography of our area.
“I was particularly pleased with the science kits which our winners Sophie, Jac and Scott won, but also with the £50 Amazon voucher which was a present from WWH for the whole school. We have used this to buy earbuds for every child in these year groups which they can use when working on our class computers.
“But perhaps the most exciting thing about this is that the children know that they have contributed something lasting to this area and that when they grow up, these houses will carry the names they have chosen, and will do for many, many years to come.”
Gareth Jarvis, Development Officer for WWH, said: “These six properties, all for affordable rent to local people, now have a real identity in this community thanks to the inspired names from Sophie, Jac and Scott.
“It was a pleasure to work with the pupils of Ysgol Henllan and we look forward to building on this relationship yet further.”
All six properties have reached Code 3+ under the Code for Sustainable Homes and their eco-friendly features include air source heat pumps to heat their hot water and central heating, solar PV panels on their roofs. Their first residents are due to move in next week (w/b Dec 10th).