Residents celebrate return to homes
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
A housing development for the over 60’s threw open its doors to welcome local heroes and dignitaries from Bicester today as flood victims from Hanover Gardens celebrated returning to their homes.
Residents had been evacuated after the River Bure burst its banks on Christmas Eve and flooded the estate.
The building’s landlord Hanover Housing Association laid on the special party where residents had the opportunity to meet and thank the local heroes and businesses that had helped them through this challenging time.
Nick Sedgewick, Retirement Housing and Property Director for Hanover, said: “After several challenging months it’s great to see residents back in their own homes enjoying the many social activities the estate has to offer.”
Among the guests who attended the event was local man Neil Harding, an army private from the 23 Pioneer Regiment who, along with some local businesses, set up a social media campaign to pledge support for the flood victims.
Hanover resident 80 year old June Walker said: “I have had a wonderful day. “It was great to be able to thank our local heroes.
“Before the festivities started I was even able to catch up with some of my friends and neighbours at our Knit and Natter group in the beautifully redecorated communal lounge.”
After spending several weeks living with relatives, Hanover Gardens’ oldest resident, 97-year old Doris Hardaway added: “It’s wonderful to be back. There is no place like home”