Happy 50th birthday to Luckley House
Luckley House sheltered housing scheme in Wye celebrated its 50th anniversary, with pupils from the neighbouring Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary School entertaining residents, their families and guests with songs and Maypole dancing.
Luckley House, which is run by Ashford Borough Council, has always had a close relationship with the school, said scheme manager Denise Libbeter.
“Our residents love having the children visit and they stole everyone’s hearts with their wonderful singing. The girls and boys also put on a very energetic display of dancing around the Maypole, despite the hot weather, and thoroughly deserved their lemonade and ice lollies we gave them at the end,” added Denise.
The entertainment provided by the school was warmly praised by the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Mrs Jessamy Blanford, who chatted with residents over a celebration lunch and studied displays of photos and memorabilia charting the 50 years of the housing scheme.
The mayor also planted a rose bush to commemorate the anniversary before taking time to admire the beautiful gardens and flower beds, which are the pride and joy of the residents who spend many hours tending them.
More than 30 residents live at Luckley House, which has a thriving social club with regular breakfast mornings, dinner and dance evenings, bingo, live entertainment and themed evenings, fish and chip suppers, visits and outings. Facilities have been modernised and extended in recent years, with a bright and airy communal lounge extended in 2013.