Rye retirement home celebrates 30 happy years

8/6/12- Anniversary of 30 years since the Royal opening in 1982 of Davenport House, Rye.  Cllr Jo Kirkham with Jenny Walker, Grace McCarthy and Margaret Owen
8/6/12- Anniversary of 30 years since the Royal opening in 1982 of Davenport House, Rye. Cllr Jo Kirkham with Jenny Walker, Grace McCarthy and Margaret Owen

Older people at Devonport House in Rye celebrated 30 years since the Queen Mother opened their retirement housing site with a party for friends, family and local people last Friday.

Devonport House, in Cinque Ports Street, has become a Rye institution over the years.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bernardine Fiddimore opened the tea party in the communal lounge at the Sussex Housing and Care owned property, and said: “I’m delighted to come along to mark Devonport House’s 30th anniversary.

“Housing for older people in our small town is essential, and it’s comforting and stimulating for older people to be able to stay in their local, tight knit community where they’ve lived for years and have their family and friends around them.”

Guests were able to view a range of photographs from the Queen Mother’s visit, including the signed guest book.

Residents marked the occasion by organising a ‘Devonport House’ cake and knitting a teddy bear in the jubilee red, white and blue colours.

Keen knitter and resident Grace Mcarthy said: “I like getting together like this, it’s such fun seeing everyone from the community and celebrating with a cup of tea and a good natter.

“I really enjoy living here, the people are lovely and Devonport has a great atmosphere.”

Guest, Councillor Jo Kirkham, who also attended the opening in 1982 and met the Queen Mother, shared her experience with everyone commenting: “It was a lovely day, we were all gathered and the Queen Mother was delighted and very interested to be opening Devonport House.

“She visited some of the apartments and spoke to residents. It’s great that Devonport House is still going strong and providing wonderful facilities for older people in Rye.”