Celebrating summer at the granges

Release Date: 11-Jun-2010
More than 150 older people from across Kirklees enjoyed an early summer treat this week.
Eileen West tries out the new putting green at Denham Court

Eileen West tries out the new putting green at Denham Court

In the Holme Valley, around 70 people came together for a picnic to celebrate the launch of the communal garden project at Roundway retirement grange in Honley. The garden has been funded through a Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) community grant scheme and built by KNH caretakers and tenants from the grange.

As well as enjoying the new garden and a buffet supplied by KNH and WRVS, residents from Stoney Lane, Burhouse Court and Roundway retirement housing schemes also held a tombola stall and sold home made chutney and jam to raise funds for the tenant & residents association social fund.

Dave Sanderson, the Scheme Coordinator at Roundway, said: “it’s the first event like this we’ve had at Roundway. Everyone enjoyed it so much that we’re now planning to do something similar later in the summer, as well as at Christmas.”

Meanwhile, at Denham Court in Batley, more than 60 people from Beaumont Court, Wellington Court, Kings Court and as far away as Sycamore Grange in Golcar enjoyed lunch, again courtesy of KNH and WRVS.

The local Salvation Army band kept everyone entertained and residents held a tombola and name the teddy competition. Despite the bad weather, a number of visitors and community police officers also ventured into the garden to try out the new putting green, which Denham Court residents have recently built.

Barbara Kojalowicz, from Kings Court in Birstall, said: “We all had a wonderful day and are really looking forward to the next gathering!”

The summer picnics are part of an on-going series of events being organized by KNH to help improve older customers’ quality of life by helping them be more active and feel less isolated.

According to Cllr Shabir Pandor, the Cabinet member responsible for housing, “older people today are challenging traditional ideas about growing old. We want to make sure that the council and partners like KNH and WRVS support them to live full and active lives, and events like this do just that.”

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