Local people were welcomed by residents and staff at a housing scheme for older people in Minchinhampton to celebrate a very special milestone enriched in history.
Sanctuary’s Cecily Court, on Cambridge Way, opened its doors to mark its 25th anniversary.
The event, which involved a light afternoon tea and merriments, was attended by several members of the community, including Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter.
As a nod to Minchinhampton’s Norman history, served at the core of the party was a delicious Normandy apple cake, scones and cream with a drop of Calvados apple brandy from the Normandy region in France.
Cecily Court is named after Cecily of Normandy, who was the daughter of William the Conqueror, and also known as the Abbess of Holy Trinity, Caen. This Abbey owned the land surrounding the Church in Minchinhampton.
On 18 June 1066, Cecily was offered to the nunnery by her parents, in order for William 1 to obtain ‘divine blessing’ for his upcoming invasion of England.
Reg Hancock, one of Cecily Court’s residents, said: “We had an excellent party - it was wonderful. It was such a privilege to meet Dame Janet and have the opportunity to chat with her.”
Louise Thomas, Sanctuary’s scheme manager, added: “Our residents were delighted to be involved in the planning of this event and we are very thankful for the donations guests made towards the development of our resident library.
“We aim to support residents to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and events such as this help with the development of successful and sustainable communities.”