Mayor George Cooper and his wife Mayoress Judith Cooper of Hillingdon visited tenants living at Woodforde Court sheltered scheme in Harlington to celebrate the first anniversary of its incorporation with Harrow Churches Housing Association.
The Mayor and Mayoress were introduced to the residents in the communal lounge, including 94 year old tenant Connie Hancock.The Mayoress also chatted with residents Alan Emo, Ted Tinson (pictured below) and Dorothy Barlow who has been living on the estate since 1970.
Mayor Cooper noted the tranquillity of the well maintained estate and commented, ‘It is a pleasure to visit this quiet and peaceful neighbourhood set in the lovely surroundings of 16th century St Peter and St Paul Church. You would never think it was situated next to Heathrow airport!’
HCHA Board member, Dick van Brummen told the gathering, ‘I think that the residents of the former Harlington Rectory Housing Association have felt that the merger was the right decision and are pleased with the transition to HCHA.’
Later the Mayor and Mayoress took the opportunity to take a brief tour and visit tenant John Best’s studio apartment, to see for themselves the typical quality of accommodation provided in the scheme for older people. Mr Best explained that due to ill health he downsized from a 3 bedroom home to the more manageable independent studio apartment in Woodforde Court seven years ago. Mr Best said, ‘This place suits me fine, it’s easy to clean; it has an adapted bathroom and if I need help there’s an emergency pull cord that provides assistance twenty-four hours a day.’
Suzanne Smith, Intensive Housing Coordinator at Woodforde Court said, ‘It was lovely to see all the residents come together for tea and welcome the Mayor to mark our first anniversary’.
Chris Holley, CEO of HCHA added, ‘HCHA are pleased to be able to continue our work in Hillingdon and are delighted that Harlington Rectory saw us as the ideal partner.’