Facility from closed homes complex put to new use

Residents at the Old Vicarage and Kerry Howie, housing officer at Four Housing, celebrating the arrival of the summer house.
Residents at the Old Vicarage and Kerry Howie, housing officer at Four Housing, celebrating the arrival of the summer house.

Residents at a north Northumberland care home are enjoying the last days of summer thanks to a new facility.

The summerhouse was donated to The Old Vicarage in Wooler by not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing.

The summerhouse was previously used by tenants in Horsdonside, the sheltered housing complex.

Janet Cresswell, care home manager, said: “The summerhouse is a great addition to the garden. We have recently added new fencing to make the garden a safer area for residents and the summerhouse is the finishing touch, which I’m sure many of our residents will enjoy.”

Residents celebrated the arrival of the summerhouse with a ceremony to mark its opening. The ribbon was cut by resident Charles Tully, who said: “The summerhouse looks like it has been in our garden for a long time as it fits in so well with the house and grounds.

“It is a nice change to be able to sit outside in pleasant surroundings and have the shelter of the summerhouse.

“On behalf of all of the residents, I would like to thank Four Housing for its kind donation.”

Bernie Hogg, operations manager at Four Housing, said: “We wanted to make sure that older people in Wooler would continue to benefit from the summerhouse and it is great to see that it is being put to good use.”