Silver birthday celebrations
SILVER was the colour on residents’ minds as Kestrel Court sheltered housing scheme in South Bretton held a special event.
Residents helped celebrate the 25th anniversary since their home was set up with Sir Hugh Cubitt CBE, who re-dedicated the Axiom sheltered scheme.
Sir Hugh had opened Kestrel Court, Axiom’s 1,000th home, in May 1985 when he was chairman of the housing corporation and was delighted to be asked to return and re-dedicate it on a sunshine soaked day on June 4.
Joining him was the Mayor of Peterborough councillor Keith Sharp, and the mayoress Doris Marchant who judged the residents’ art competition.
During the celebrations Axiom board member David Jost, who was also present at the home’s original opening, thanked scheme manager Louise Laudat and everyone involved in its day-to-day running.
The longest standing resident, 80year-old Mary Christie, was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Sir Hugh.
Pupils from Peterborough High School also attended with their headmistress Anne-Marie Elding and music co-coordinator Kim Bingham. The youngsters sang two songs, including Getting To Know You, which touched the hearts of everyone in the room.
Sandra McKinnon read out a beau- tiful poem about life at Kestrel Court written by Beryl Mackereth before the 60 guests tucked into a buffet lunch and cake, which was provided by Axiom and was prepared by Debbie’s in Stanground.
The residents at Kestrel Court decided to use the event to fund-raise for Help For Heroes charity. They managed to raise £270 for the cause which helps servicemen and women and their families.
Kestrel Court scheme manager Louise Laudat said: “The residents had their own celebrations which started with a toast of champagne to Kestrel Court and then a sit down meal. They were then entertained by Mike Gee who had them laughing and singing.
“From start to finish it was a truly memorable occasion which will be remembered for a long time.”
SILVER-SERVICE: Kestrel Court residents celebrate the 25th anniversary of their home in Bretton. (METP-04-0610PF616)