Hurstleigh launches series of events to mark 50th
The idea for an independent living complex in Chorleywood evolved fifty years ago when a group of local residents recognised that rising property prices made it difficult for people to move near family and friends in retirement. In April1966 a resolution to establish a home for the elderly was passed in a public meeting at The Memorial Hall which led to a resident offering Hurstleigh, her late uncle’s house on Shire Lane, to be converted into flatlets. Once built, a team of young people from St Andrew’s Church helped decorate the interior and the Warden and first residents had moved in by January 1969. In the early days bedrooms were akin to bedsits and kitted out with basins and a Baby Belling electric cookers but extensions in 1975 and 1996 plus refurbishment of existing rooms allowed more sophisticated and spacious accommodation over time. The building now includes twenty self contained all-electric apartments with lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, as well as communal areas.
A series of events are planned over the next few months to mark this golden anniversary and raise funds to construct a path around the perimeter of Hurstleigh’s garden. The project has been dubbed Peggy’s Path to acknowledge Peggy Crocket who inspired the idea and whose late husband Ron was Committee Chairman for many years. Son Neil is currently on the committee.
“ I have walked round the garden with many builders to discuss a path but it was never considered priority” says Peggy, “Eventually it looks like we can do it!”
Fund raising for Hurstleigh is far from new. £10,000 was raised over two weeks in 2010, kicked off by a space-themed dinner dance with national pop favourites The New Seekers.
It is fitting that Donna Jones, who was part of the band then, features in the first fund raising event for 2016 – this time Cool Jazz with the Infinite Jazz Ensemble at Christ Church (Sat 16 April, 2016) as well as the Gala Variety Show finale event on 8 October with husband Mick Flinn along with a talented line up
of musicians, comedians and actors. Events over the interim months range from a strawberry tea and a sponsored slim to a quiz night and bridge drive.
Hurstleigh is a charitable trust and non profit making, managed by Trustees and a management committee of local residents. Charges cover costs and maintenance, Residents must be 60 + and in good health. Wardens are on duty all week and on call at night.