Winners open Southern Gate

7th July 2017

The winners of the creative writing competition officially opened the new Southern Gate development in Plymouth along with their unsung heroes

Winners open Southern Gate
Schoolchildren have paid gratitude to their loved ones by naming some of our newest homes after them. Pupils from three primaries – Mayflower, Ford and College Road – were asked to come up with house type names for some of the new homes at the Southern Gate development in North Prospect. Southern Gate is Phase 3 of our regeneration scheme and includes 159 homes for affordable rent, shared ownership through SO Living and private market sale through building contractor Kier Living. The sales and marketing suite was launched at the weekend and is now open every day from 10am to 5pm. Along with Kier Living, we asked the pupils to think up names for our shared ownership and private sale homes based on their unsung heroes – people who mean something to them. Judges from PCH and Kier Living chose six winning names – Attwater, Boundy, Bannister, Davies, Harwood and Matei. The winners along with their heroes, parents and headteachers were invited to attend Fridays launch enabling them to see walk around the house they have named. They were presented with their prizes during their own school assemblies where they were given £10 WHSmith vouchers and a goodie bag for their efforts. War veteran Harry Bannister was honoured by his granddaughter Stacey Edwards, 11, who praised her granddad for helping her with her homework every evening. He was in the Navy for 22 years and Stacey loves listening to his stories. Sadly, Harry has recently been unwell but he still treats Stacey to day trips when he can. Harry said: “I was really surprised to hear Stacey had nominated me. It’s great that she thinks I have inspired her. I just hope all children have parents who can do the same for them.” It wasn’t a family member who is Jacob Griffiths Moreton’s unsung hero but 1st Key Scouts Group leader Jonathan Davies, who he compared to Bear Grylls. College Road Primary pupil Jacob, 10, said Jonathan has taught him practical skills and pays for many of the materials they use. He also praised Jonathan for being energetic and having a ‘very cool’ ponytail! Jonathan said: “I was shocked when I found out I’d been chosen.” He also admired the homes, “They’re great, so spacious.”