IT may be small, but Crosby Housing Association (CHA) demonstrated its staying power when it celebrated its 50th birthday this month.
The community based organisation provides over 430 homes across Sefton and Liverpool and was founded in 1969. To mark its half-century, it held a special celebratory event at The Plaza, Waterloo, where 150 residents, partners, board members and staff gathered to mark the occasion.
“Fifty years is a milestone to celebrate so it was fantastic to have so many people at what was a special and emotional event,” said Mandy Elliott, CHA’s chief executive.
“It was a great night. Everyone enjoyed the premier of a commemorative film which we put together ourselves to celebrate our 50th year. The chair of our board, Liz Calderbank, introduced the celebration and we had some heartwarming remarks from one of the association’s original founding members, Rev Ian Bunting.”
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, teams from across the association, residents and partner organisations worked together throughout the year to put on a range of community events including an arts project, tree planting and a spruce up of a communal garden.
“It was nice to see so many people pulling together throughout the year to put on a number of great events culminating with the film premier at The Plaza,” Elliott added.
“While the event was a great opportunity to recognise Crosby HA’s previous achievements and successes; it was also an opportunity to look to the future and the ambitious plans that we have.”
Main Image: Crosby Housing Association’s board with founding member Rev Ian Bunting.