His­toric homes site toasts an­niver­sary


ONE of the first shel­tered hous­ing schemes of its kind is cel­e­brat­ing its six­ti­eth birth­day.

The pi­o­neer­ing Queen’s Close in Wors­ley, now man­aged by City West Hous­ing Trust, was de­clared a stan­dard­set­ter by the Wors­ley Jour­nal when it opened in 1954.

It was one of the na­tion’s first schemes to in­clude sep­a­rate in­di­vid­ual bun­ga­lows with a war­den on-site, a model politi­cians at the time hoped would be copied by other au­thor­i­ties. Sixty years on, there are sim­i­lar schemes up and down the coun­try.

City West In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing Ser­vice held a 1950s party to cel­e­brate the mile­stone.

It was at­tended by Coun­cil­lor Bernard Pen­ning­ton, whose fa­ther orig­i­nally opened the scheme 60 years ago, as well as res­i­dents such as Irene Hall.

Irene, who has lived at Queen’s Close for 16 years, said: “The event was bril­liant and the props, smells, food and games re­ally cap­tured the at­mos­phere of the fifties.”

She added: “This is a great place to live with a real com­mu­nity spirit.”

Matt Jones, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ties and neigh­bour­hoods at City West, said Queen’s Close was set up to help peo­ple live in­de­pen­dently.

He said: “A fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity has been built at the scheme over the years and this was a great oc­ca­sion for ev­ery­one to come to­gether and cel­e­brate another sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in its his­tory.”

Coun­cil­lor Bernard Pen­ning­ton with, left to right, Lorri Hold­ing, Hol­lie Briggs, Hazel South­gate, Char­lotte Pilling, Dawn Cross­ley, Elaine Hulme and Re­becca Ogu­jor

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