Cherry blossom marks 30 years at retirement flats

DIGGING IN Residents of High Oaks House in Locks Heath, celebrated their 30th anniversary planting a tree. Front from left, Simon Armitage, George Dunkley, Ian Futcher Cllr Susan Bayford and Cllr Keith Evans with residents behind. Picture: Sarah Standing (150690-4737)
DIGGING IN Residents of High Oaks House in Locks Heath, celebrated their 30th anniversary planting a tree. Front from left, Simon Armitage, George Dunkley, Ian Futcher Cllr Susan Bayford and Cllr Keith Evans with residents behind. Picture: Sarah Standing (150690-4737)

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RESIDENTS of retirement flats welcomed special guests, held a party and planted a tree to mark the 30 years of togetherness.

High Oaks House, in High Oaks Close, Locks Heath, celebrated the block’s 30th anniversary on Friday lunchtime.

Councillors Susan Bayford and Keith Evans took time out of their busy schedules to join the party and they helped plant the double cherry blossom tree – a prunus kanzan – at the front of the building.

Cllr Bayford said: ‘I am very proud to be here on this auspicious occasion.

‘There has been a fabulous turn out and it was great to meet the people who live here. It is an asset to Locks Heath.’

Cllr Evans said: ‘It is a great example of what can be done and what should be done at this type of building.’

Two of High Oaks oldest residents – Brice Brown, 98, and Sylvia Britland, 94 – presented both councillors with a thank you gift.

Ian Futcher, the chairman of the High Oaks Owners Residents Association, organised the event.

He said: ‘We are having a celebration with a tree planting to mark the fact that this building was completed about 30 years ago this month and the first residents moved in in May 1985.’

Mr Futcher’s mother Jean lives at High Oaks. She said: ‘It is quite good to live here as it’s convenient and it has very pleasant surroundings.

‘The gardens are nice but it is pleasant living here because of the facilities within the shopping centre and there are four buses that pass here every hour.

‘It is nice to see everyone out marking the day.’

Resident George Dunkley, who has lived at High Oaks for three years, said it was nice to see everyone marking the occasion together.

Mr Dunkley, 82, said: ‘It is brilliant to see. It just shows that they all do really get along.’

The flats are for people aged 55 or above. There are 50 flats in the block, which is managed by E&J Estates.

Many of the residents gathered for the tree planting and then enjoyed a buffet with guests in the communal living area.