Category Archives: Housing developers

Pioneer Ministry in New Housing Areas: Grove Booklet

This succinct new Grove booklet offers a helpful introduction to pioneering on new build developments for practitioners and permission-givers. Penny Marsh and Alison Boulton look at how this has become a contemporary issue, give practical suggestions for pioneers and for those … Continue reading

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Neighbouring

Another local minister put me onto this book about Jesus’ greatest commandments, The Art of Neighboring, by American ministers Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon. Imagine if a network of churches across the city were engaged in actively pursuing the best for … Continue reading

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Together

I just published this on the other blog, but the thoughts are also pertinent here: —————————— I was talking to a local minister who works on a UPA estate the other day, and he was telling me about the make up of … Continue reading

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Buildings, buildings, buildings.

As usual, a new year brings new plans. For a few days I was entertaining the idea of opening up a coffee shop where the old one had closed. After a chat with the company that owns the building, he … Continue reading

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A farmhouse of potential in Upton

Last week I was invited to visit the former Upton Lodge farm buildings which lie just a few hundred yards South of the St Crispin’s development. These buildings used to be a dairy farm but have lain unused for some … Continue reading

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Developers: this is how to build a community

Last week we went on a family holiday through Belgium to the Netherlands visit some friends who live in Haren, just outside Groningen. Besides from having a great time with our friends, we found it to be a wonderful friendly … Continue reading

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All grown up and nowhere to go? A discussion of network (part 2).

Last night I was at a community consultation for the development of our community centre and associated park and leisure facilities on the development. It was just the initial meeting, marking the point where the council are finally getting serious … Continue reading

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Having children means losing friends? A discussion of network (part 1).

It has long been argued that human interactions are going along the route of networked communities. That is, we each exist in a network of relationships that are not geographically confined. Ray Oldenburg says that with the network, each of … Continue reading

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When Plan A might not work. A diversion of course.

I spent much of last week pondering as it suddenly dawned on me that plan A might not work. When I arrived the hope was that there was going to me a community centre sometime in 2011. As we got … Continue reading

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Development on the Princess Marina Hospital site.

Signs have gone up from Charles Church developments and Persimmon homes (who are both the same company) saying they have acquired an area of land for development which is directly adjacent to the St Crispin’s development (Click for location map and … Continue reading

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