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First Hanover new build celebrates 50 years in Stevenage

22 June 2015

Hanover Close Stevenage 1

Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland and Mayor, Cllr Howard Burrell, joined other distinguished guests and Hanover staff for the 50th anniversary celebrations at Hanover Close.

Hanover – a housing provider renowned for building innovative housing developments which enable older people to lead healthy and independent lifestyles - is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its first retirement housing estate in Stevenage.

Following its formation in 1963, Hanover Housing Association answered calls from the Minister of Housing and Local Government to help meet the housing needs of current and future generations of older people.

Built in 1965, Hanover Close in Stevenage consists of 18 one-bedroom flats and three bungalows. It was the first of four estates developed by Hanover at the time to accommodate active older people.

Around 50 people, including residents from nearby Hanover estates Mozart Court and Pollard Gardens, were joined by Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, The Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Howard Burrell, and a number of other local dignitaries, for a special 50th anniversary street party hosted at the estate.

Among the festivities was a concert performed by Paul Griggs, a member of 1970s chart act Guys 'n’ Dolls.

Eileen Ritson is the longest-residing tenant at Hanover Close. She says: ’After living here for the past 21 years I have to admit there is nowhere else I would rather be.’

Nick Sedgwick, Retirement and Property Director for Hanover, was also at the event. He says: ‘Fifty years after completing Hanover Close in Stevenage we now manage over 19,000 properties throughout the country, including the pioneering Extra Care housing and Downsizer Homes concepts. It’s great to see how the first Hanover estate has withstood the test of time and continues to offer generations of older people the high quality properties and services they need, value and desire.’

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, adds: ‘It was a pleasure to meet the residents and see the wonderful homes provided by Hanover on the 50th birthday of this facility. It is clear both the housing association and the residents have a great pride in where they live and it makes all the difference.’

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