Hartrigg Oaks celebrates 25 year anniversary

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Hartrigg Oaks, a continuing care community managed by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT), celebrated its 25th anniversary. 

On Monday 08 April, residents, staff, and honoured guests were invited to celebrate the 25 year anniversary of Hartrigg Oaks. 
Since opening, Hartrigg Oaks has been a home to many residents. It is a thriving community where residents enjoy many activities and social events. 

To celebrate the anniversary, guests, residents, and staff enjoyed a traditional afternoon tea in the community’s restaurant. 

Among the guests were Lord and Lady Richard Best (Lord Best is representing the Lieutenancy of North Yorkshire), The York Civic Party (Lord Mayor, Sheriff and their consorts), Terrie Alafat CBE, Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust Board, and Chris Simpson, JRHT Executive Director, and Helen Smith, Chair of Hartrigg Oaks Management Committee.

Their presence highlighted their involvement and how much Hartrigg Oaks has positively contributed to the community over the years. 

Lord Best said “There are many different examples of retirement communities across the world where residents live independent lives. Also, with the added opportunity of moving seamlessly to an onsite care home in later life. However, in the UK such opportunities are severely limited whereby you can easily transition, and it is not more costly to the resident. The Residents of Hartrigg Oaks are in a position that we would hope all the elderly in the UK would be in, if it was an ideal world.”

Diane Atkinson, Hartrigg Oaks, General Manager said “It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating the 25-year anniversary of Hartrigg Oaks. Over the past 25 years, it has grown into a very special community, and this is down to the residents who live here and the teams who work here”.  

The community is nestled in the heart of New Earswick in York. The vibrant community is spread over 21 acres with 152 spacious bungalows as well as ‘The Oaks’ - a 43 bedroom care home at its centre.  The community has been set up so residents can enjoy independence in their homes with the security of knowing their future care needs are already taken care of.

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This image was taken by Carol Clarke, Leader of the Hartrigg Oaks Photography Group 

Image: Front row:  Lady Best, Lord Best, Terrie Alafat, (Chair of JRHT Board), Lord Mayor Chris Culwick, Lady Mayoress, Sherrif of York Sue Hunter, Nigel Goodwin, and Liz Scurfield (Chair of Hartrigg Oaks Resident Committee)

Back row: Chris Simpson, JRHT Executive Director, Helen Smith Chair of Hartrigg Oaks Management Committee