Sil­ver birth­day cel­e­bra­tions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.”

Pic­ture: PAUL FRANKS

SIL­VER-SER­VICE: Kestrel Court res­i­dents cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of their home in Bret­ton. (METP-04-0610PF616)

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