Vintage tea party as retirement scheme in Tring marks 30-year anniversary

Hightown’s The Furlong in Tring celebrated its 30th anniversary of providing sheltered housing for over 55s with a vintage themed afternoon.

Over 60 residents from The Furlong and other Hightown retirement schemes across Hertfordshire came along with their families for a 1940’s style afternoon tea complete with swing music. Residents also enjoyed a day of pampering, with treatments including massage therapy and reiki on offer.

First opened in 1988, The Furlong includes 36 one and two-bedroom flats and was designed and managed specifically to meet the needs of older people, who have decided they want to move to a more suitable home of their own, whether they are retired or still working.

Residents enjoy regular organised social activities including communal lunches, whist and parties.

A view from a long-standing Furlong resident 91-year-old Linda Bunker first moved into the Furlong 17 years ago after losing her husband.  She chose to be located in Tring to be close to her daughter who lives walking distance away and both women are full of praise for the scheme.

“ I wouldn’t have stayed here 17 years if it wasn’t the best! Our flats are lovely and there’s something happening every day. I think more older people should move into a scheme like this. “

Linda Bunker, Furlong resident for 17 years

Jenny Jones, Linda’s daughter added

“Mum living here gives me peace of mind. The social aspect is brilliant and it takes the pressure off family because we know she’s not alone – they’re always up to something! Some people shy away from these types of schemes because they want to stay in their old homes but I’ve found that it gives people another life.”

Mark Carter, Director of Business Transformation at Hightown,

“30 years ago, Hightown opened The Furlong with the aim of create a great place for people to retire. This scheme is a wonderful success and two main things contribute to that: namely, the energy of Scheme Manager, Joanne Palmer, and the residents’ own drive to form a community. We see an excellent interaction between staff and residents here and residents really enjoy the social interaction and range of activities that are on offer. ”

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