Pensioners host Ruby anniversary celebrations

by Emma Lourie

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Bield development honour 40th anniversary


Special commemorative cake to mark 40th anniversary of Brae Court development



WEST LOTHIAN tenants got into the party spirit to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their retirement development.

Retirees at Bield’s Brae Court development in Linlithgow were invited to join an afternoon of celebrations to commemorate the anniversary.

The occasion is celebrated every year but this year, tenants were looking forward to making it one to remember with staff serving up a celebratory lunch and live entertainment ensuring it was a special day for all.

Rena Kirton-Vaughan, Development Manager at Brae Court, said: “Our tenants and staff had a great time celebrating Brae Courts 40th birthday this month as various events took place across the development.

“We were treated to entertainment by a local duo, Cockleroy – the tenants loved the performance and many were up dancing. It was a great atmosphere.

“The development has had lots of interesting tenants since opening our doors in 1979. Most have lived through the Second World War and have many incredible memories to share.

“Our communal area is never quiet with the number of stories our tenants have to tell – we even had one who was awarded the gallantry medal from the French government for services during the D-Day landings.

“The tenants create a wonderful sense of community spirit and several have represented Bield in the Riding of The Marches parade in Linlithgow, an annual tradition dating back to the 16th century.

“Across the development we also have several long-serving members of Bield staff. I have been with the company for over 25 years in various different roles and one of our cooks has been at Brae Court since 2000.”


Residents and staff gather together to enjoy unique occasion


Brae Court is a place for people to live independently while having the security and safety of community living with a group of staff that offer support when required.

Rena added: “The best part of my time at the development has been meeting and socialising with tenants and their families.

“We’ve had some characters at the development over the years and it was lovely to reminisce and share our favourite memories during our celebrations.

“None of us can believe that Brae Court is celebrating its ruby anniversary but at the same time it feels like the development has always been part of the community”.

Brae Court is a Retirement Housing with Meals development in the heart of Linlithgow, ideal for people aged 60 and over who wish to retain their independence. The development has 41 flats in a 4 storey building with lift access.

Bield has been providing high quality housing and related services in Scotland for nearly 50 years, promoting a ‘Free to Be’ ethos that allows older people to live independent lives with help on hand.

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Emma Lourie is an Account Executive at Edinburgh Public Relations agency, Holyrood PR in Scotland

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