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Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy joins forces with Housebuilder Gleeson for street naming activity

Housebuilder Gleeson has joined forces with a primary school to name the roads of a new development.

As part of Gleeson’s Community Matters programme, the housebuilder collaborated with Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy, a primary school a two-minute drive from The Pastures new-build.

Gleeson invited year five and six pupils to suggest street names for the new development’s network of roads.

Children at Bilsthorpe's Flying High Academy were asked to suggest names for a new housing development in the the village. (44888888)
Children at Bilsthorpe's Flying High Academy were asked to suggest names for a new housing development in the the village. (44888888)

With help from their teachers, the eager pupils researched Bilsthorpe’s rich mining history and local places of interest for inspiration.

Suggestions were collated, and Gleeson shortlisted four road names ­— Sir Brian Way, after Sir Brian Broughton who founded Bilsthorpe in the 16th Century; and David Avenue, Bill Lane, and Peter Way, all named after local miners who died in the 1993 Bilsthorpe Mining Disaster.

The shortlist was announced during a virtual call streamed into the school’s assembly, where a member of the Gleeson regional team gave the winning names to much applause.

Allen Marshall, operations director for Gleeson in the Midlands said: “The children have come up with some great suggestions, honouring notable people from Bilsthorpe.”

“We are truly committed to engaging in the communities that we are working, before, during and after our construction phases leaving a positive, lasting, legacy for many generations to come.”

Anne Ingle, the hadteacher of Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy, said: “We were thrilled to be approached by Gleeson to help name the roads on its new development.

“The children thoroughly enjoyed researching Bilsthorpe’s history and seeing their road names come to fruition.

“The new development is bringing affordable homes to the area, which we expect will benefit many people associated with the school and we are very supportive of Gleeson’s work in the community and grateful for their book token donation.

“We look forward to working with Gleeson again on other projects in the local community and continuing our relationship with them further.”

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