TRUST Housing Association, which was established as Kirk Care Housing Association in 1973 through the Church of Scotland, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
The national provider of rented accommodation and support services for older people has over 100 developments across Scotland and Bearsden’s Schaw Court development with 33 properties was the first one.
To mark this special milestone they are going to hold a 70s themed fancy dress tea/garden party on Wednesday, May 15.
Local MPs, MSPs, local businesses, churches, charities, day centres, Trust staff and tenants are all going to be invited to this fun event which will include 40 balloons being let off in the air, a tombola, hair and beauty treatments and a home baking stall.
There will also be a collage for visitors to see with photos from the 1970s to present day - including a ‘Remember I am still me’ section with pictures of each tenant and their story.
Old newspapers from 1973 onwards from each year until now will be on display as well as memoribilia from the 1970s such as a cassette player, VHS, shillings, a jigsaw, a space hopper, monopoly and stands with local producers goods including an old fashioned sweet shop.
Visitors will also enjoy taking part in a ‘guess who’ game with photos of tenants when they were younger -they will also get the chance to see a chopper bike and watch performances by local school children.
Schaw Court has many happy longstanding tenants and one of them - Mrs Nan McPhail - has lived there since 1995.
She remembers living in the area as a young woman, in North Grange Road, and she recalls pushing one of her children in their pram to fundraising coffee mornings at the impressive historic Schaw Home nearby when it was a nursing home - it has now been converted into luxury flats.
Mrs McPhail, who moved back to Bearsden from the Isle of Bute where she lived for a number of years after her children had grown up, said: “I chose to come back here because I like the area and I’ve always been happy here.
“It’s always been a very secure place and the staff are good.
“I like it her and that’s why I’ve stayed for so long.”
The event starts at 1pm with the official opening by Bob McDougall, CEO of the Trust, and ends at 5pm.
If any local businesses can help with this event in any way please e-mail SWilliamson@trustha.org.uk
They would be particularly grateful for the loan of a marquee in case it rains as they don’t have a budget for this.