Abbeyfield Lenzie celebrates 50 years!
Residents at Abbeyfield Lenzie were delighted to celebrate 50 years of existence on Wednesday the 16th of December. The much-loved landmark in Lenzie, also fondly known as Ferndean, offers sheltered accommodation for vulnerable adults, boasting recently refurbished accommodation and extensive mature gardens.
Phyllis, one of the original housekeepers at Abbeyfield Lenzie over 40 years ago and now a resident herself, was delighted to plant a Magnolia tree, donated by Caulders Garden Centres, to mark the special occasion.
Another resident, Alma, who was one of the original founders of Abbeyfield Lenzie, explained: ‘I first got involved with setting up Abbeyfield Lenzie house in 1970, when Provost Jenny Coutts was looking for a representative from each local church. I thought it was an excellent idea to have something like this for our community, and perhaps one day I might like to live there. And here I am today, a resident myself 50 years on’!
Karen Barr, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield Scotland, stated: ‘After such a challenging year for our residents, it is lovely to have something to celebrate. I am sure the next 50 years will be equally successful, and the house will continue to be loved by all the Lenzie community’.
About Lenzie House
Before Lenzie house joined the Abbeyfield Scotland portfolio in 2008, the local community led by the then Provost Janet ‘Jenny’ Coutts raised funds to buy the house to provide much needed supported accommodation in Lenzie for older people. The late Mrs. Coutts and other volunteers in the community, including local historian and former librarian Alice MacKenzie, held fundraising events to purchase the house and provide for its upkeep. Many members of the original volunteer committee are still actively involved in the house and held in high regard.