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bdht and Charford first school join forces to create a moving masterpiece


Artists of the future have been busy putting crayon to paper as part of a competition organised by bdht (Bromsgrove District Housing Trust) to bring its van livery to life with a series of moving masterpieces!

bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, asked pupils at Charford First School to create some of their own artwork to give its vans a personalised look. It wanted to involve the local community in this latest project to help demonstrate the importance of family and home and the children really worked hard to express that, with some amazing illustrations of their family and how they live.

Over 70 children from year two (now in year three) entered the competition, and the winners were voted for by bdht staff who shortlisted the final 20 designs, as well as choosing first, second and third place winners Lily, Holly and Isabelle. Their masterpieces have been added to the back of the vans and will be seen driving around the Bromsgrove District from this week*.

For taking part in this initiative, bdht has given Charford First School a contribution towards arts and crafts materials, 17 children each received £10 book vouchers and the top three children each received a £20 book voucher to further help flourish their artistic talents.

Anita McLaren, headteacher at Charford First School, said: “We were delighted to be involved in this project. It is important that the children feel proud of their community, and they will be extremely proud seeing their artwork being driven around Bromsgrove. I wouldn’t mind being stuck in a traffic jam behind one of these vans! They’re amazing.”

Mike Brown, CEO at bdht, said: “Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci had nothing on these children! They have shown such ability at such an early age and our vans will have their designs displayed. We hope people will see them driving around Bromsgrove over the coming weeks!”

* Vans will be completed by Thursday 30th October 2014

bdht receives go-ahead for new homes in Bromsgrove


bdht, Bromsgrove’s largest provider of affordable housing, has secured planning permission for thirty new homes on Perryfields Road in Sidemoor, Bromsgrove, helping to make a small dent in the acute shortage of affordable housing in the district.

An application was submitted to Bromsgrove District Council following the popularity of the first phase of the Perryfields development, located between Perryfields Road and King George Close.

With a mixture of 20 rental properties - including one and two bedroom flats and houses – and 10 shared ownership homes – including two and three bedroom houses – bdht is expecting demand to outstrip supply, with the majority of shared ownership homes from the previous phase being reserved from plan.

The development is being supported by a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and Bromsgrove District Council. Work is due to begin at the end of November and the development will be completed by November 2015.

Mike Brown, Chief Executive of bdht, said: “Receiving this planning permission is a step in the right direction to providing much needed affordable housing. But we can’t stop here – we have over 1,600 households on our waiting list so continued development is essential to meet the needs of Bromsgrove people.

“As a local provider of social housing, bdht is committed to meeting the aspirations of people within the communities we serve. Developments like this are good for local working people, giving them the opportunity to access quality rented housing or getting them onto the property ladder – something which would not be possible without shared ownership.”

To register your interest in the shared ownership homes please call Judy Sanders at bdht on 01527 557531, or email or visit

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