Deck the communal halls

Tenants at Dashwood Court get into festive mood and help decorate the Christmas tree in the communal lounge.   Connie explains, ‘We raised money for new decorations through cake sales and donations. The tree cheers me up and makes the place look so festive!’ There’s so much happening this Christmas throughout our sheltered schemes, for more…

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Preparing for Remembrance Day

Much to the delight of Paxfold residents, Stuart McDonald moved into the sh­­eltered scheme one year ago and instantly became a popular figure, his poppy festooned trike drawing both attention and smiles. Stuart tells us about his passion for volunteering with the Royal British Legion. Q: What made you decide to decorate your trike with…

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Community Star Awards presented to a full house!

Above left to right: Mayoress Mrs Marilyn Devine, Mahesh Naran, Tony Butler, Kim Van Den Berghe,  Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Margaret Davine and Christopher Holley, CEO of HCHA. Photos by Lucy Baker. On Wednesday 13th September the Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Margaret Davine accompanied by Mayoress Mrs Marilyn Devine visited Ewart House extra care scheme to…

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Couple reunited in new home

Thomas and Irene Bonner were finally reunited when they were offered a new home at Paxfold, after having to live separately for 14 months due to limited wheelchair access in their rented home, and a shortage of local care facilities where they could live together. Thomas Bonner (age 84) a retired RAF non-commissioned officer (NCO) and…

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Welcome to our new Rent-to-Buy tenants in Bicester!

New tenants met the Mayor of Cherwell who officially inaugurated the ten Rent-to-buy 2 bed apartments in Stratton Park, Bicester on Monday 22nd May. BBC Radio Oxford featured the initiative and interviewed Zoe Blomer, one of our new tenants, click to play clip: Rentplus, an innovative business providing rent-to-buy homes, and Harrow Churches Housing Association…

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Joyce Hixon celebrates her 100th birthday!

Ewart House extra care scheme was decked out in pink decorations- the favourite colour of resident Joyce Hixon who celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and staff. Pictured: Joyce with Rev King and some of her carers and her friend from Monserrat, Franklin Margetson. The Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, blessed the day with…

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Edward Erdwin receives HCHA Community Star Award

In March, Gillian House resident, Edward Erdwin, who is known to everyone as Ted, was presented with the HCHA Community Star Award. Chipo Chapesshamano, Intensive Housing Coordinator said, ‘Ted is just fantastically community spirited! He looks out for everyone at Gillian House, and he’s more like our sheltered scheme security man – he goes round…

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Active Minds

A wellbeing initiative for older residents The Active Minds project is funded by Harrow Council’s Adult and Community Learning, it forms part of government research into health and wellbeing. Over the past 12 weeks the project has been delivered by facilitators to HCHA’s older tenants living at St Barnabas Court, Gillian House, and Paxfold sheltered schemes,…

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Christmas treats!

The holiday season can be a lonely and difficult time of year, particularly for young people living in HCHA’s Young Persons’ Service. The service which caters for vulnerable people aged between 18 and 24 years old, provides accommodation in shared homes along with trained support staff to help them get back on their feet.  Most…

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Rentplus & HCHA to deliver Oxfordshire’s first rent-to-buy scheme

Rentplus & Harrow Churches Housing Association partner to deliver Oxfordshire’s first rent-to-buy scheme On Wednesday, 14th December, Rentplus, an innovative business providing rent-to-buy homes, and Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA) announced a new partnership to deliver new rent-to-buy homes at Mulberry Developments Stratton Park scheme in Bicester. Located in Cherwell District Council, the local authority is…

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Lord Best urges the building of more homes for older people

Harrow Churches Housing Association (HCHA) distinguished guest speaker Lord Richard Best Paxfold sheltered scheme for older people in to celebrate the first anniversary of the scheme’s redevelopment. Chris Holley, CEO of HCHA, welcomed guests including tenants, Board members, partners at Harrow Council, local churches and a host of stakeholders working across the social housing sector. Lord Best who is a member of the…

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Gillian House gets a makeover

The communal lounge, niches and corridors at Gillian House all got a lick of paint, new flooring, curtains, lighting and bespoke furniture and artwork. Interior designer Angela Wright explained, ‘Our brief was to give a fresh updated feel to the sheltered scheme and I think we achieved that through consultation with the tenants of their preferences.’ The refurbishment cost just…

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