Mayor joins the party at Wood­forde Court

Shel­tered hous­ing scheme cel­e­brates an­niver­sary

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS of a shel­tered hous­ing scheme got a visit from Hilling­don’s mayor and may­oress last week.

Ge­orge Cooper and his wife Ju­dith Cooper met with ten­ants of Wood­forde Court to cel­e­brate the first an­niver­sary of a merger with Har­row Churches Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (HCHA).

One of the res­i­dents, 94-year-old Con­nie Hancock, is par­tially deaf and ex­changed notes with the mayor, while the may­oress chat­ted to Alan Emo, Ted Tin­son and Dorothy Bar­low, the lat­ter hav­ing lived on the es­tate since 1970.

Mayor Cooper said: “It’s a plea­sure to visit this quiet and peace­ful neigh­bour­hood set in the lovely sur­round­ings of the 16th cen­tury St Peter and St Paul Church.

“You would never think it was si­t­u­ated next to Heathrow Air­port!’

HCHA board mem­ber Dick van Brum­men told the gath­er­ing: “I think that the res­i­dents of the for­mer Har­ling­ton Rec­tory Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion have felt that the merger was the right de­ci­sion and are pleased with the tran­si­tion to HCHA.”

The high-pow­ered cou­ple vis­ited ten­ant John Best’s stu­dio apart­ment, to see for them­selves the typ­i­cal qual­ity of ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­vided in the scheme for older peo­ple.

Mr Best ex­plained that due to ill health he down­sized from a three- bed­room home to the more man­age­able in­de­pen­dent stu­dio apart­ment, in Wood­forde Court, seven years ago.

He said: “This place suits me fine. It’s easy to clean, it has an adapted bath­room and if I need help there’s an emer­gency pull cord that pro­vides as­sis­tance 24 hours a day.”

Suzanne Smith, in­ten­sive hous­ing co­or­di­na­tor at Wood­forde Court, said, “It was lovely to see all the res­i­dents come to­gether for tea and wel­come the mayor to mark our first an­niver­sary.”

n CEL­E­BRA­TION: (Clock­wise from above) Mayor and may­oress Ge­orge and Ju­dith Cooper with res­i­dent John Brent; the com­mu­nal area; the mayor and may­oress cut the an­niver­sary

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