Jarvis Court celebrates 10 years!

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Fraserburgh’s Jarvis Court celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend, with celebrations which included singing, cake decorating and reminiscing about generations gone by.

Opening at 10am to celebrate the landmark event, the residents and guests were treated to dancing from Stephen Summers’ dance group, before being invited to take a look back into history with Jackie Chalmers in the hobbies room.

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Duo Bill McLeman and Moira provided singing and music in the main lounge throughout the afternoon, before the official celebration ceremony took place, with Councillor Gurudeo Saluja OBE, Chair of Social Work and Housing Committee, and the Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership, Colin Hawkins, offered speeches praising the work of Jarvis Court and those involved with it over the past decade.

In a handout produced for the event, Mr Hawkins says: “All of us at AHP are delighted to be able to share this special occasion at Jarvis Court with friends, colleagues and above those who have made their homes here over the past 10 years.

“AHP worked very closely with Aberdeenshire Council back at the turn of the century to create something we could all be proud of and there’s no doubt in my mind that the hard work and not a little money has paid off. I say that because whenever I visit Jarvis Court I’m always struck by the high quality of the building and how well looked after it is, but of course it’s also about the buzz and the range of activities that are going on. Of course much of the continuing success is down to the team working here daily – but above that is the involvement of our tenants and the service users that enjoy the facilities on offer here throughout the week.

“The programme that has been put together today will, I’m sure, be enjoyed by everyone and will be a fantastic starting off point for the next 10 years!”

In their speeches, Councillor Saluja praised Jarvis Court for meeting the ever changing needs of its tenants, adding that he believed it would continue to serve Fraserburgh for years to come, while Mr Hawkins added that the name Jarvis Court was chosen to commemorate a local man who received the Victoria Cross in World War I, saying that Jarvis Court had become the “jewel in Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership’s crown.”

Afterwards, Mr Hawkins spoke to the Fraserburgh Herald about the accomplishments of Jarvis court, saying: “It is fantastic to see so many people come together to celebrate, it makes a difference to the people who live here and to the community.

“Jarvis Court is a testament to the hard work of the staff here, of the Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership, and the Council.”