Innerleithen residents celebrate 35 years at Mercer Court

A Hanover (Scotland) sheltered housing complex in the Scottish Borders has held a party to celebrate the 35th anniversary of opening at Mercer Court in Innerleithen.

Innerleithen residents celebrate 35 years at Mercer Court

Members of the Innerleithen Amateur Operatic Society entertain the residents

Tenants and staff gathered to enjoy a special lunch to mark both 35 years since Mercer Court opened to residents as well as Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association’s 40th anniversary.  

Guests enjoyed an afternoon of opera performed by the young people from the amateur operatic society singing songs from Oklahoma and an afternoon tea provided by T42.  Hanover (Scotland)’s longest-standing board member, Sir Geoff Palmer, was also in attendance to join in with the celebrations.

Over the last 40 years, Hanover (Scotland) has been at the forefront of providing innovative care and housing to meet a range of needs, supporting residents to experience full and active lives.

Innerleithen residents celebrate 35 years at Mercer Court

Speech by Sir Geoff Palmer, Hanover (Scotland)’s board member

The organisation will continue to lead the way in the future, utilising new technology and innovate methods of housing design and care delivery to adapt to a changing world, further improving the lives of residents whilst creating and supporting vibrant local communities.

Kathleen Ewart, sheltered housing manager at Mercer Court, said: “It was lovely that everyone came together for a double anniversary celebration marking 40 years of Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association and 35 years since Mercer Court opened its doors. I love working here and really enjoy helping our residents lead independent and active lives.

“Mercer Court was named after Mr J Mercer who was the director of the local amateur operatic society, so it was fitting that we had the young people from the group in to perform for us and they were absolutely fantastic.”

Mercer Court is a sheltered housing development in the town of Innerleithen, in the Scottish Borders. The development contains 30 mostly one-bedroomed properties and is classed as a ‘housing with care’ development. 

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