Cel­e­bra­tion at hous­ing scheme

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK kirsten.beacock@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

EL­DERLY res­i­dents at a Wer­ring­ton shel­tered hous­ing scheme have ex­pe­ri­enced their fair share of an­niver­saries and birth­days over the years.

But on Fri­day they joined to­gether to cel­e­brate a spe­cial sil­ver an­niver­sary for the hous­ing scheme where they live, which has turned from sim­ple bricks and mor­tar into a thriv­ing com­mu­nity.

Sut­ton Court, next to Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre, off Skaters Way, first opened on May 29, 1985.

The hon­our of cut­ting the rib­bon was given to Her Royal High­ness Princess Alice, Duchess of Glouces­ter and now, 25 years on, res­i­dents held a spe­cial party to mark its birth­day.

The res­i­dents had a buf­fet, an an- niver­sary cake and prize bingo and in­vited lo­cal coun­cil­lors, as well as staff from hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion Min­ster Hous­ing, to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Deputy Mayor of Peter­bor­ough Bella Salt­marsh said she had been de­lighted to at­tend the event. She said: “It was lovely and all the res­i­dents re­ally en­joyed the day.

“It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing, as a lot of them were not from Peter­bor­ough orig­i­nally but had moved here and then de­cided to stay.

“It was fas­ci­nat­ing talk­ing to Dora Green­wood, who at 95 is still full of sparkle and, as she used to be a mag­is­trate, she un­der­stood a lot about the roles of councillor and mayor.

“They all loved liv­ing at the scheme and they were full of praise for the scheme man­ager there as well.”

Sut­ton Court was pur­pose built by Min­ster Hous­ing and the coun­cil’s so­cial ser­vices depart­ment for older peo­ple and is a home for 26 res­i­dents and a res­i­dents’ scheme man­ager.

There is a range of so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties held in the com­mu­nal lounge, such as domi­noes and cream teas and there is also a meal ser­vice each lunch time for res­i­dents who are un­able to cook a main meal for them­selves.

They also wel­come non-res­i­dents into the scheme to at­tend Holy Com­mu­nion, Wer­ring­ton Friend­ship Club and the RNID Drop-In Ser­vice and their cof­fee morn­ings are open to ev­ery­one each Thurs­day morn­ing, from 10.00am un­til 11.30am.

Pic­ture: BEN DAVIS

CEL­E­BRA­TION: Deputy Mayor of Peter­bor­ough Cllr Bella Salt­marsh and res­i­dent Dora Green­wood (cen­tre) cut the Sut­ton Court 25th birth­day cake. (METP-28-05-10BD401)

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