Musical Connections in Westfield


Musical Connections – project funded by Westfield Ward in 2016-17

Musical Connections runs an inclusive, participatory music group open to tenants of Windsor House dementia care home and Gale Farm Court sheltered housing with extra care scheme and members of the surrounding community.

The project received financial backing from the Westfield Ward in 2016-17.

The applicant reported as follows.

”We ran a weekly music group at Gale Farm Court sheltered housing scheme for tenants and local people from the wider community. We also ran a music group at Windsor House dementia care home. During the grant period, the groups:

  • Accessed a wide range of musical genres
  • Worked with suggestions from participants
  • Sang songs from across the world
  • Sang in harmony
  • Explored rhythm
  • Played a range of tuned and untuned instruments

Members of the group at Gale Farm Court also participated in a ukulele workshop with a student from York University, attended a large intergenerational workshop at Hob Moor primary school and went to our Spring Big Sing with York St John University, during which they joined with other adults and children/young people to deliver performances to an audience of sheltered housing tenants and care home residents.

Westfield Ward Committee budget plea

Residents have only until the end of April to suggest uses for this years Westfield Ward Committee delegated budget.

Meanwhile progress on schemes agreed for 2016/17 has been disappointing with the Council web site recording only 14% of the budget having been spent by the end of the year. We understand that the funding – which was heavily oversubscribed – will be carried forward into the current financial year.

Damaged verges could be matrix protected

Among the schemes authorised but not yet implemented are:

  • Painting and refurbishment of street furniture, signs, railings, cycle barriers etc
  • Improved parking arrangements including matrix protection of verges
  • Selective road and path resurfacing
  • Additional flower tubs
  • Trimming overgrown bushes, vegetation and trees
  • Deep cleaning of shopping areas
  • Provision of goalposts on Foxwood park
  • Organised children’s activities in the summer at the Hob Moor all weather play area

During this year estate improvement funds – paid for by Council tenants – are being merged with the Ward Committee budget to allow for additional work to be commissioned.

This change appears to have contributed to the popular monthly skip visits being suspended. We hope that they will be reinstated quickly before fly tipping becomes even more of a problem in the area.

Residents will expect to see progress made quickly to catch up with the backlog of work.