Residents at Gainsborough Court, Freshbrook have marked the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the sheltered housing unit in 1983.
The first to move in, 91-year-old Amy Jones, still lives there. She said: “I moved from Lechlade to be closer to the church I attend in Walcot. I still go there every week, it’s my family really.
“My husband Albert died, aged 92, a couple of years ago. It was terrible for me as we didn’t have children and I don’t have any close family, but other residents helped me.”
The oldest resident, Michael Mycroft, 92, has been at Gainsborough Court since 2000 and lives a very independent life, even helping out at his daughter’s stables.
The complex of 34 flats was opened in July 1983 by Rev Derryck Evans, chair of Thamesdown Housing Association and is now owned by Sanctuary Housing Association.
Carolyn Davies is the first and only warden and continues to live on site. She said: “When we moved in Gainsborough Court was surrounded by fields; I had a clear view across to Lydiard Park from my flat. With 39 residents to support here, life is never dull.”
Amy added: “Over all the years Carolyn has been a wonderful warden. We couldn’t have had a better person looking after us.”
Pictured: Long serving warden Carolyn Davies, centre, with Amy Jones, right, with other residents of Gainsborough Court.