A HOUSING developer has come up with a unique scheme to breed community spirit in South Derbyshire – inviting new homeowners out for a pint down the pub.
More than 50 people living in Bellway’s Bailey Square development in Church Gresley forged new friendships at a special ‘meet the neighbours’ event.
The night was such a success that the firm could continue the scheme at two new developments in Burton to help people to ‘get to know each other’.
Bellway sales advisor Gill Tansey, who organised the event at the Catchems Inn pub, in Hearthcote Road, spoke to the Mail about the idea.
She said: “It was wonderful to see so many people taking the opportunity to get to know their new neighbours.
“Because this area is so popular with commuters a lot of people travel in different directions and work long hours.
“I thought it would be a good idea to bring people together. There’s a real sense of community developing here.”
Mrs Tansey is now hosting nights out for residents once a month.
Amelia Greef, who bought a four-bedroom show home with husband Marius, said: “It was the perfect way to get to know everyone.
“We moved in on March 21 and some of the neighbours had already been over to say ‘hi’, and I’ve now met people on some of Gill’s night out.
“Everybody here is so friendly and Gill is fantastic. She has been brilliant throughout the move. She’s a really bubbly person and she listens. If there’s a problem she fixes it.”
Bellway sales manager Matt Newman said: “This was entirely Gill’s initiative and I’m pleased it was so successful.
“She always goes the extra mile to help her customers.
“She was keen for everyone to meet and events like this can make a real difference.”