Party time at Church Grange

Release Date: 04-Jul-2016
Older people from across Kirklees enjoyed a party in the sunshine to celebrate the new garden at Church Grange retirement living scheme in Cleckheaton.
Enjoying lunch in the sun

Enjoying lunch in the sun

The grange was the pilot for a new way of managing garden areas that are difficult to maintain. Instead of traditional turf, which never did very well and was patchy and uneven, artificial grass has been laid. The result is a lawn that is not only safer for the residents to walk on but also sets off the flower beds beautifully.

According to tenant, Barbara Gooch, “it looks so much nicer, makes the garden much easier to walk on and the flowers seem more colourful against the new lawn."

To show off the new garden, scheme coordinator Julie Battison organised a party for more than 60 older people from across the area, with help from Tracey King from AgeUK and the families of those attending. They enjoyed a buffet, stalls and entertainment from the White Rose Ukulele Band.

Church Grange is part of KNH’s ‘neighbourhood friends’ project, run in partnership with AgeUK. According to Julie, “The aim of the project is to open up the granges to people in the surrounding community at risk of isolation. The impact of loneliness on mental and physical health is well known, so it’s fantastic that so many people came from the surrounding area and had a really good afternoon.

“We have lots of activities and events like this throughout the year, and I’d urge anyone who wants to join in to get in touch”

• To find out more about getting involved in neighbourhood friends, please contact Carly Munro at AgeUK on 01422 870060.