On Saturday 11 June, customers at Cullum Road in Bury St Edmunds, one of Orbit East’s independent living housing schemes in Bury St Edmunds, hosted a street party in their garden to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Customers and their guests came along in their best outfits to celebrate the special occasion with cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream and a glass of non-alcoholic bubbly with which to toast Her Majesty. The scheme was decorated with red, white and blue bunting knitted by members of the knitting group. They also made a knitted Queen and a corgi, which were used as the main prizes in a raffle that was held to raise money for future social events at the scheme. The sun shone for the special day, right up to the end of the raffle draw, when ‘rain stopped play’ – the timing could not have been better!
Win Ridgeon, who was very active in both the knitting and gardening preparations had a lovely time. She says; “It was all very nice and I met my new neighbours who turned out to be old friends. Although I hadn’t seen them in years, it was really great to be reunited and I look forward to spending time catching up with them and sharing old memories.”
Gerry Sheen, who manned the crown decorating stall, thoroughly enjoyed the day. He says;“It is good to see all those who don’t get out of their flats very much enjoying themselves.”
Karen Jones, Activities Organiser at Cullum Road, says; “What a great day for everybody! We all had a really great time with delicious food, good friends and even the weather held out for this rare outdoor event.”
Cullum Road is an independent living scheme designed exclusively for local people aged over 55 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. It contains 32 one and two bedroom apartments.