A huge party celebrating the 10th birthday of our Deansfield Court scheme was held last week.
Two mayors were among the dignitaries at the event at the extra care facility in Norton, near Malton, North Yorkshire.
But perhaps the star of the show on Thursday, September 12, was 97-year-old resident Vera Fletcher – who cut a specially-made birthday cake.
Vera (pictured left with catering manager Judie O’Dwyer, Mayor of Norton Antony Croser, Coun Graham Lake and Mayor of Malton Paul Emberley), the first to move in when Deansfield Court opened in September 2009, did the honours in front of a packed crowd in the main lounge.
Mayors Paul Emberley and Antony Croser and Coun Graham Lake applauded as Vera cut the cake with help from on-site caterer Judie O’Dwyer.
Coun Emberley is the Mayor of Malton, Coun Croser is the Mayor of Norton and Coun Lake is a Malton town councillor.
The event featured music from 24-piece ukulele troupe Thornton-le-Dale Ukuleles and a buffet-style afternoon tea.
A tombola and table top sale also raised funds for Deansfield Court’s residents’ committee.
The scheme, which has 50 self-contained flats supported by on-site care facilities, was decked out with colourful balloons and “happy birthday” decorations.
A crowd of more than 50 residents packed the lounge to hear Thornton-le-Dale Ukuleles play party tunes.
They even took part by playing supplied maracas and tambourines while the music itself prompted dancing in the corridors leading away from the lounge.
Scheme manager Danny Watson (pictured) said: “It’s great to be able to do something like this for the residents.
“It makes an enormous difference for them to have something really special to look forward to.
“We run many activities through the week, but celebrating this marvellous building that’s now 10 years old is something they’ve all been looking forward to.”
Deansfield Court has a packed schedule of activities, some paid for the residents’ committee.
These include keep fit on Mondays, bingo and scrabble on Tuesdays and a popular film club on Thursday run by award-winning cleaner Peggy Harland.
There are other activities on Wednesdays run to help involve a resident who has learning difficulties.
And there is monthly entertainment from musical duo Pat and Keith and singer Ian Malcolm.
Deansfield Court boasts its own hair salon while the flats all have walk-in showers and can be adapted for the needs of residents.
The scheme is for those with health issues which makes living in their own homes more difficult but who may not need full residential care.
It is one of two such schemes in our portfolio at the moment, the other being Sherwood Court in Wakefield.
And Deansfield Court’s popularity means there has been a queue from the beginning, with 19 people currently on the waiting list.
Danny added: “It’s a popular scheme and we’re sending out applications forms every day to people who are interested.
“And I try ensure that anybody who rings up can come and have a look around because it’s a selling point for them to see how lovely the building is.”