Residents from a retirement scheme in Herne Bay have expressed delight at the recent transformation of their communal lounge, thanks to a generous lottery grant.
Members of the Residents’ Association at Maxted Court, a leasehold scheme managed by Sanctuary Housing, submitted a successful application to the National Lottery for a much-needed makeover of the room.
The group was awarded £6,708 from the Big Lottery Fund - Awards For All programme to buy new furnishings including armchairs, stackable chairs, a bookcase, sideboard, curtains, cushions and multi-functional tables.
To celebrate the completed revamp, which was carried out by Sanctuary, residents raised a glass of fizz with family, friends and local dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Canterbury.
Guests admired the new colour scheme, comprising relaxing blues and greys, as well as a painting of the seaside, which was given as a kind gesture by local furniture shop Busy B’s.
Due to the improved surroundings, the hub is now thriving with activity. Attendance at the coffee mornings has risen from just a couple of people to 14 and residents are enjoying regular fish and chip dinners together.
Members of the community have attended quiz nights, bingo, a strawberry tea and even tai chi classes at the scheme. Future events include talks by special guests and a cheese and wine evening with songs from the war.
Deborah Brown, Sanctuary’s homeownership officer, said: “Everybody who enters the new lounge is amazed and our residents are spending much more time in there, it has really brought them together.
“We hope that the community will continue to visit Maxted Court and enjoy the events organised by our residents.”
Marian Miller, secretary of the Residents’ Association, added: “The resident manager and office staff were very helpful when we moved in to our flat a year ago.
“It’s a peaceful place to live. People want to move here and our friends are moving in soon. We are really happy living here.”