Hightown Housing Association’s sheltered housing scheme, The Furlong, has won a Bronze Award at the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards 2019.

Based in Tring, The Furlong was presented with a Bronze Award in one of the Retirement Housing categories. The housing scheme consists of 36 one and two bedroom flats with a large communal lounge and garden for residents aged 55 and over. Social events such as quiz nights and Sunday lunches are just some of the activities organised at The Furlong that bring residents together.

The Furlong’s success is impressive when you consider they were selected from out of almost 25,000 retirement housing schemes or developments nationwide. The award was given following a cast of 19,000 votes, nominating over 1,000 schemes!

The EAC Awards celebrate the best specialist housing for older people, and aim to help shape the future of housing in later life by engaging residents, staff, visitors and volunteers who are then able to vote for their favourite scheme.

The Furlong recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with a vintage tea party for residents and family members. Over 60 residents from The Furlong and other Hightown retirement schemes across Hertfordshire joined in a 1940’s style afternoon tea complete with swing music. Residents also enjoyed a day of pampering, with treatments including massage therapy and reiki.

Shirley Draper, resident at The Furlong said:

“I have only lived here for 11 months and although I have family nearby, as I am new to the area, I don’t have many friends locally. Since moving to the Furlong I have met lots of the other residents and made new friends all due to Jo, our wonderful manager. Jo organises lots of social events for us, she is also always here to talk to and has been a great comfort to me since I lost my husband last June. This makes the Furlong a great place to live.”

Kathleen Calfer, resident at The Furlong said:

“I like living at the Furlong because it’s a lovely, friendly place to be. I also feel safe and secure. Not forgetting our wonderful manager Jo – she is ace!”

Debi Sainsbury, Home Ownership Manager said:

“We are immensely proud that The Furlong has been be recognised with this award. This represents the joint efforts of the scheme manager, Joanne Palmer, and the residents in making The Furlong such a great place to live.”