Category: Community News

The Beech Hub for hire!

Did you know that you can hire The Beech Hub for your party, meeting, conference, group.
Talk to us about your requirements and we’ll help you with your plans. And at great rates too!

A Christmas party for the community!

A superb Christmas party this afternoon at #TheBeechHub. Thanks to Beechwood Village Community Trust, Uncle Kams & Nisa Locally for the food and refreshments and all the residents that came along to enjoy the afternoon with us. Merry Christmas!

Beechwood and Craylands Christmas Party

Join us for the Beechwood & Craylands Christimas Party on Wednesday 19 December 2018.

3.30 to 6pm at The Beech Community Hub.

Thanks to Beechwood Village Trust, Uncle Kams and Nisa who will be providing the food and refreshments.

Music, face painting and a magician for all ages!

FREE construction training for Swan residents

Interested in a career in construction? 

Together with Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) Swan Housing is offering this accredited City & Guilds award construction training free to Swan residents in Basildon.

This unique opportunity is aimed at supporting our residents to gain the trade skills and then apply for work placements, apprenticeships or further learning.

If you are 16+ and aiming to progress your career in construction, this course will help you in learning about the building trades and gaining practical experience on:

  • Site Health and safety (CSCS)
  • Carpentry skills
  • Basic plumbing skills
  • Painting & decorating

Information and registration session on: 6 November 11.00am – 1.00pm

The Beech Hub, 8 Austen Road, Basildon SS14 3RZ

If you are interested, please contact the Swan Resident Involvement Team on 01277 844 242
or email [email protected]

Beechwood and Craylands Information Day Event

Residents of Beechwood /Craylands – Join us for the next Information Day on Sat 12 May 2018 from 11-2. See the flyer for more information 

How should we improve the open spaces at Beechwood?

Come along on Saturday 17 June 2017 between 12pm and 5pm and let us know how you would like to improve the open spaces on the Beechwood estate. We’ll be walking around the area and you can come and talk to us at any of the locations on the map on the poster. FREE ice cream for all participants too! have your say

We really look forward to hearing about your ideas!

New Youth Club Opening at The Beech!

Would you like somewhere to meet your friends and make new ones?

How about getting involved and making changes to your local community?

The new Beechwood Youth Club and Swan Housing would like to invite you to join our FREE youth club for Beechwood Village and Craylands.

Meeting Every Monday – starting from Monday 27 March – 5.30pm to 7.30pm at The Beech Community Centre, Austen Road.

If you would like further information, then please call a member of the Swan RICD Team on 0127 7 844 242.

Youth Club Flyer

Spread the word and we hope to see you there!

Last chance to volunteer to help shape the future of Beechwood

Swan Housing Association, in partnership with Basildon Borough Council (BBC) has announced the successful recruitment of the first trustees for the new Beechwood Village Community Trust.
The Trust which was established by members of Swan’s Resident Involvement and Community Development team as well as officers from BBC was created to:

1. Encourage inclusive social integration and positive activities
2. Develop community safety initiatives
3. Provide support for learning / training and development opportunities
4. Promote the protection of the environment

The Swan and BBC representatives have been approved and one local resident has already been recruited to the Trust, which will deliver a programme of projects and initiatives to enhance the lives of the individuals that live on the Beechwood and Craylands estates in Basildon.

There is still time for additional members to join, as Swan and BBC are looking for both local and independent volunteers who are keen to make a difference and who have the time and energy to help the trust to flourish.

If you’re interested in applying or to find out more contact: Swan’s Head of Resident Involvement and Community Development:

T: 0300 303 2500
E: [email protected]

You can also find out more about the role by visiting the NCVO website.

Beechwood Tree Planting!

On Saturday, Swan Housing Association, Landscape Architect (Outer Space), Neuk and local residents took part in a tree planting event on the Beechwood / Craylands estate.

The Woodland Trust donated over 100 trees to Swan Housing to improve our local environment and make our neighbourhood a greener place to live. Residents, young people, parents, Swan staff and other partners, met at the open space around the man-made natural drainage system (Swale Area), where residents were briefed on the programme of the day and health and safety.

Residents turned out in large numbers to help plant the copse around the edge of the Swale area and in other parts of the estate. This event gave local residents the opportunity to meet Swan team and socialise with other people from their community. Free refreshments were supplied by Swan.

We would like to thank all residents and young people that gave up their time to participate in this special event.Beechwood Tree Planting

Family Tree Planting Event

beechwood-tree-plantingJoin us on Saturday November 19th for a Family Tree Planting Event at Beechwood and Craylands. Read more