Award winning scheme reaches 25 year landmark


Award winning scheme reaches 25 year landmark

Hazelwood Court, our award winning sheltered housing scheme in Heybridge, Essex marked its 25th anniversary on Thursday 11th August 2016 with a celebration for the community, including residents, staff, board members and local councillors.

The estate comprises of ten flats and nine bungalows.  There is a community hall which is used for Coffee Mornings, Annual BBQ, Art & Craft Sessions and a Knit & Natter Group. We also have laundry and hairdressing facilities within the communal hall.

Regular social events are held at the Plantation Hall nearby where some residents help to organise the Derby and Joan Club. Residents also support the local Farleigh Hospice by organising coffee mornings at Hazelwood Court.  We have regular outings during the year which the residents enjoy and their families and friends join us on occasions.

Earlier in the year Hazelwood Court was recognised as one of the best retirement housing schemes in the UK with a bronze award at the National Housing for Older People Awards. The scheme was officially opened on 12 December 1991 as a joint venture between Maldon District Council and saha.

John Woods, was presented with a Certificate in Recognition of being a Resident at Hazelwood Court for 25 years. He said “I have enjoyed living at Hazelwood Court as it gives me a sense of security and peace of mind. I enjoy going out for meals and playing bridge with my friends locally”

Margaret Bolton – Scheme Manager who has been at Hazelwood Court for 9 years, spoke of her time there and the good relationships between Family, Friends and the Local Community.

Nigel Parrington, Chief Executive of saha, presented awards to residents in recognition of the positive contribution they make to the community. Edward Varian was the winner of ‘Hazelwood in Bloom’ for the best tended garden and Sandra Johnsen was nominated by fellow residents to win the ‘Good Neighbour Award’ for being helpful to her neighbours, collecting their daily papers and generally being a good friend.

Sandra said: ‘Living at Hazelwood Court with the other residents is so easy to be a good neighbour and I am delighted I have received an award for it. Thank you to all who voted for me.”

Chief Executive of Maldon District Council – Fiona Marshall was asked to cut the celebration cake which was made by Margaret Yell.

Local group “The Feering Singers” entertained guests with an afternoon of “Old Time Music Hall” songs which was appreciated by all.

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