Celebrating VE day

Tenants living in our independent living schemes haven’t let the lockdown stop them from celebrating VE Day on Friday.  Whilst sticking to social distancing requirements our staff ‘trimmed up’ our independent living schemes ran poster competitions and produced lengths of VE bunting that helped to raise spirits and show their appreciation for a very special day.

A great effort was made across the borough which was made possible and really appreciated by both tenants, the local communities and our independent living Scheme managers.  Here’s how a few of the schemes have been celebrating……

Willowcroft, Bolton-on-Dearne

“I wanted to try and make VE Day a little special for the residents of Berneslai Homes independent living scheme Willowcroft flats.

Due to the lock down restrictions I sent out an appeal on Facebook to the children in the local community to make VE posters or pictures and post them at the centre for them to be judged and prizes for the winners.  With the help and support of the BMBC Community Responder and Barnsley Council employee Louis Goldsbrough they used the glass windows at the entrance to the scheme to display all entries to the competition giving the local community the chance to look at their fantastic contributions.

Local artist Rob Hatfield also donated one of his VE inspired pieces to raffle off, when possible. In partnership with local community group, Bolton-on-Dearne, Voluntary Action Group we also delivered ‘afternoon tea in a box’ leaving them on the doorsteps for the residents to celebrate on the day. “A great VE day was had by all which really cheered up the residents during these difficult times”.   Carole Hoyland, Willowcroft Scheme Manager.

Saville Court, Hoyland

Saville Courts VE bunting project was kickstarted by the grandson of the scheme cleaner Lorraine Hopkinson.  Coby aged 9 who attends West Meadows Primary School was keen to do something for VE day and for the residents where his Nannan works.

He designed and created some VE bunting which has pride of place near the exit at Saville Court so residents could all enjoy his work. This encouraged the resdients to get involved to design their own piece of bunting in their flat which they then left outside for collection, all efforts were eventually pieced together and were used to decorate the entrance. Saville Court resident Gerry Gilmour also donated his giant model plane to sit in reception alongside the bunting for tenants to enjoy during the day. Tenants were keen to do something to acknowledge VE day but understood it would be difficult. Coby’s bunting really inspired us all and gave us a way in which we could achieve this.” Marie Hunton, Saville Court scheme Manager.

Community centres across the borough were also trimmed up and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed and maintained social distancing during this difficult time.  It really provided an opportunity for tenants to show their appreciation for a very special day.