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New friendships are forged at party

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

YOU'RE WELCOME:  Enjoying the party at Windmill House.

YOU'RE WELCOME: Enjoying the party at Windmill House.

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CARE home residents past and present have united to celebrate a community built on friendship and laughter.

The party at Fowey's Windmill House was also open to former residents and locals, who eagerly accepted the invitation, as did residents of Prince Charles House in St Austell.

Dorinda Hood, independent living manager at Ocean Housing Group, which runs the home, said: "It was good to see so many people. We have lovely people here and we're keen to help them keep these friendships going."

Town councillor Sherlee Gudmunsen said she would love to see more people at the home's weekly events, and invited anyone wanting to come to its Friday coffee mornings to get in touch with her so transport could be arranged.

Fowey resident Josephine is a big fan of the coffee mornings, calling them a great opportunity to 'have a good old natter and laugh', while Jean, at Windmill House for four years, said she was happy to see so many new faces. "I do hope they'll come again soon; we really want to get the bingo going again!" she said.

Ocean chief executive David Renwick said the party was particularly important as Windmill House was on the brink of change.

The flats were felt to have passed their sell-by date and the firm wanted either to upgrade them or build anew on the same site. Both options fulfilled the wishes of residents to stay together.

"We're leaning towards providing new homes, but haven't yet reached a conclusion," he said.

"As part of the process we've submitted a pre-planning application to Cornwall Council, seeking their initial thoughts as to whether permission would be granted for a new Windmill House."

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