Housing staff at Sadeh Lok this week organised a big party for residents at Rose Court to mark its 25th birthday.
The purpose-built sheltered scheme at Ravensthorpe opened its doors in May 1993, in the same year the free world wide web was launched and a gallon of petrol (4.55 litres) cost less than £2.40!
In 2013, the scheme changed its name from Kashmir Court to Rose Court following a rebranding exercise and a competition involving residents.
Today, Rose Court provides 37 modern flats for people aged 55 and over with communal facilities and an enclosed garden.
At the birthday event, the Head of Sadeh Lok, Hussain Brook and Adrienne Reid, Assistant Chief Executive for Incommunities presented framed certificates, flowers and gift cards to three residents who made their home at Rose Court at the time it opened. They are Mohammed Salim, Denis White and Leslie Seabrook.
They were joined by Scheme Warden, Naminder Sian, who was presented with a bouquet of flowers to celebrate her ‘silver anniversary’ serving residents at Rose Court. As well as calling in on residents daily Naminder runs coffee mornings and arranges trips out for residents.
This week’s celebrations included a big cake cutting with the ‘long servers’ and Sadeh Lok staff.
Eighty-eight year old Denis White, moved to Rose Court with his late wife Mavis who sadly died 12 years ago. He said: I’ve loved it here since day one and I’ve met so many friends.
Naminder has become a good friend and really helps make Rose Court a special place to live.
Mohammed Salim said: "Everyone is so friendly here. It’s got a real community spirit and I enjoy the coffee mornings.
"It’s also handy for me to meet up with my daughter who lives close and get to local places."
Hussain Brook, Head of Sadeh Lok, said: "We were delighted that so many residents came along – some with family and friends - to help celebrate this milestone.
"Rose Court is a very special place and residents like Mohammed, Denis and Leslie and our scheme warden Naminder have been a big part of its journey and popularity.
"We all look forward to its next 25 years providing attractive and secure independent living for local people."
Sadeh Lok is part of the Incommunities Group.