Happy 25th anniversary Brockhill!

26 July 2014

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Residents, Buddies, staff and volunteers of Brockhill Extra Care Sheltered Housing Scheme in Goldsworth Park joined the Mayor and Mayoress of Woking, Cllr Tony and Mary Branagan, in celebrating the facility's 25th birthday last Tuesday (22 July 2014).

Special guest, former Mayor of Woking, Mrs Anne Ansell (formerly Cllr Anne Cartwright), will be making a welcome return to the centre she opened in 1990. She will be joined by Woking Borough Council's Leader, Cllr John Kingsbury, Portfolio Holder for Brockhill, Cllr Melanie Whitehand, health professionals and contractors who have helped make Brockhill the success it is today.

The party has been kindly funded by the Brockhill Buddies, a group of day care visitors who offer support for up to 15 non-residential elderly people living in the local community. All service-users will enjoy a sumptuous three-course lunch, followed by live entertainment from Graham Broad.

Designed by Council architects and costing 3 million, Brockhill was hailed throughout the country as a model for future sheltered homes, providing 49 specially designed self-contained flats offering comprehensive, around the clock, sheltered housing support to elderly and frail tenants. Brockhill also features a beautifully landscaped garden and courtyard, providing a peaceful and pleasant place to relax and enjoy.

Speaking at the party, the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Tony Branagan, said: "This is a very special day for us all. We are absolutely delighted that Anne, who officially opened the scheme 25 years ago, has been able to join us once again.

"Brockhill is such a wonderful environment in which to live and work, and we are all extremely proud of the service it has provided to many older people over the years. I'd like to thank everyone, especially the staff at Brockhill, who have worked tirelessly to help make the Centre a success and I hope everyone has a thoroughly enjoyable time today!"

For further information about the services on offer at Brockhill, please call 01483 743975 or email brockhill@woking.gov.uk

The Brockhill Buddies
The Brockhill Buddies were benefactors of a fund set up by the late Freda Ebel, an Austrian refugee who ran an electrical store with her husband in Kingfield. She bequested a substantial amount of money to the old Westgate Day Centre for `the benefit of the Westgate users'. In April 2001, the day centre was re-located to Brockhill and the Buddies generously made the decision to share the bequest with all residents of the extra care facility.