The Abbeyfield committee and residents were delighted that the Town Mayor, Councilor Tony Want and his wife came to the summer party. All local and regional dignitaries were greeted with welcoming interest.
They were especially pleased that the deputy Mayor Cllr Gordon Baxendale and Mayoress, his wife Felicity Cheshire East Council attended also.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to tell them about Abbeyfield and for them to see our house and what it offers older people. Part of our philosophy is to value older people and their visit was great appreciated by our residents.” Jennie Banfield
Abbeyfield: A history.
In 1962 Paul and Dawn Spencer arrived in Knutsford having had recently founded successfully an Abbeyfield House in Coventry and they were determined to repeat their success in Knutsford.
As an initial step Paul and Dawn gathered together a number of Knutsfordians among them; Irene Stevenson, Miss Winifred Comber, local accountant Alan Burke and Ian Glidewell later to become Lord Glidewell. This initial group well supported by many others including Ewart Dawson, Dr Ian McGilvray, Tony Weir and Dr Philip Edgecombe ensured that this undertaking got underway.
Abbeyfield achievements have been enormous. They have opened two houses, and when needed, they have cooked, shopped, settled in, comforted and befriended residents and even served afternoon tea to HRH Prince Charles when he visited the House in 1985. Their biggest project was to oversee the building of the present purpose built house in Bexton Road which has 11 flatlets, a guest room and a resident housekeeper’s flat.
Co-founder and octogenarian Irene Stevenson says: “40 years ago I got involved with starting up Abbeyfield house in Knutsford. In all those years we have had residents who enjoyed an independent life, knowing that pleasant company and help would be there for them. I have been very privileged to serve this organisation which has become part of my life.”
The Abbeyfield Committee especially the members of the House Committee have worked tirelessly over the past 40 years.
The first house in Knutsford was established in Tabley Close in 1965. The present purpose built house was opened in 1989 with 9 flatlets and a guest room. Two more flatlets and a beautiful conservatory was added in 1998.
Today we have 11 flatlets and a guest room. Each self-contained flatlet has a kitchenette, toilet facilities and has a secure entry system. Residents come together each day to share two meals that are prepared by the resident house keeper who keeps a friendly eye on everyone.
Abbeyfield makes older people’s lives easier and more fulfilling. We offer supported sheltered housing where our residents can find the privacy and security they seek when managing alone in their own home has become a burden. They come and go as they please, receive visitors and enjoy two meals a day.
They are free from the worries of maintaining a house and garden, paying bills and dealing with loneliness. At the centre of the house are our housekeeper and her team and a dedicated group of volunteers who provide practical assistance and companionship.
We have 11 flatlets and a guest room. Each self-contained flatlet has a kitchenette, toilet facilities and has a secure entry system. Residents come together each day to share two meals that are prepared by the resident house keeper who keeps a friendly eye on everyone.
For further information about Abbeyfield House or volunteering opportunities, please call 01565 632719.