Holbeach sheltered housing residents give back to community

From left: Mavis Taylor, Brenda Simpson-Place, Rita Ward, Roslyn Hall, Sylvia Clarey and Doreen Markille. Photo: SG150613-121NG
From left: Mavis Taylor, Brenda Simpson-Place, Rita Ward, Roslyn Hall, Sylvia Clarey and Doreen Markille. Photo: SG150613-121NG

Many of the women who live in the Cecil Pywell sheltered housing complex in Holbeach don’t look their age.

And when it comes to energy levels, they are not doing too badly either.

A committee of them – Mavis Taylor, Brenda Simpson-Place, Rita Ward and Doreen Markille , chaired by scheme manager Roslyn Hall – put on a fabulous summer fair in their community centre.

They organised various stalls, with cakes, bric-a-brac, games, and guess the weight of various items.

However, Roslyn says a plant stall run by Sylvia Clarey, who had grown them herself at her Lutton home, was very popular.

Also in great demand were the toasted cheese sandwiches the ladies were making as fast as they could to keep up with demand.

Roslyn said: “We raised just over £201 and it was for Holbeach Hospital. We do something for charity once a year, although I think this is our second event this year, because people support us.

“The committee members need a mention because they are such a fantastic working group and without them we couldn’t do what we do.

“They are a wonderful group of people and obviously all residents so they are over a certain age, but most of my ladies don’t look their age.”