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Briar Croft customers celebrate Orbit's 50th year with a barbeque and summer fete!

Briar Croft 50Th Event July 2017 Low Resolution

On Saturday 8 July, customers, family members, friends and staff from Briar Croft, an Orbit independent living with care scheme in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, held an afternoon fete and barbeque to help commemorate Orbit’s 50th year. Over 150 people of all ages came along to the event which featured lawn games, a book stall, tombola, raffle arts and craft stalls and music from the Sixties. Live entertainment was provided by The Matchmakers, a local singing guitar playing duo and Home Instead, the on-site carers at Briar Croft, provided a ‘memory support’ stall, to help educate participants about dementia and how to support those living with the disease. Carl’s Kitchen, a new independent café that has launched on the premises and that is open to the public, celebrated their official opening by hosting the barbeque. The sun came out and everyone had a brilliant time!

Margaret Bartlett, a customer who lives at Briar Croft, says; “Saturdays’ 50th year celebration fete was such a lovely day. My friends, family and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The weather was in our favour too!”

The Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Cllr Victoria Alcock, also attended to make a short speech and toast the occasion. She says; “What an absolutely wonderful event to be a part of. I am very pleased to open the fete and Carl’s Kitchen too, particularly at a time when Obit is celebrating 50 years of service within the local community. Congratulations Orbit in your anniversary year. You should all be very proud of yourselves, it’s excellent.”

Briar Croft is an independent living with care housing scheme that features 64 self-contained flats, a café, gym, hair salon, IT suite, library, activity room and gardening room. Independent living with care schemes give people the ability to live independently, while having support available should they need it.

Founded in 1967 as a housing co-ownership society, Orbit has been building communities for 50 years, investing in homes, services and communities to help people live independently and maximise their potential. Proud of the journey we have taken, it is our people who have helped to shape our organisation to become what it is today. We are one of the largest developing housing associations in the UK, this year celebrating our 40,000th home, while also providing support and advice services to over 100,000 customers. Our homes currently include affordable rented accommodation, sheltered housing schemes, supported housing schemes, independent living with care housing schemes and low cost home ownership properties.

To find out more about our fiftieth year celebrations search #Orbitat50

Pictured above are (left to right) Back row: Jane Akerman, Orbit’s Extra Care Manager – Briar Croft, Cllr Victoria Alcock, the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Katie Harwood, Extra Care Scheme Assistant & Activities Co-Ordinator – Briar Croft, and Front row: Orbit customers, Margaret Smith and Craig Coldicott.