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Castle Vale resident Rose Clifford turns 102!

The Pioneer Group recently wished one of its residents, Mrs Rose Clifford, a very happy 102nd birthday. Rose, a longstanding member of the Castle Vale community will soon be moving into Berwood Court, a local care home. 

Vik Mistry, Resident Engagement Officer, Castle Vale Community Housing, recently spoke with Rose’s daughter-in-law, Sheila Clifford, who provided us with some information about the fond cricket-enthusiasts life in Castle Vale.

Mrs Rose Clifford – 102 not out! 

Rose moved from Perry Common with her late husband Walter and son Michael, in the mid 1960s to a house in the newly built Castle Vale estate to live in Biggins Close. Together with councillor Cliff Coombs, Rose’s husband helped to form The Castle Vale Residents Association.

Rose stayed in Biggins Close, wanting to downsize to somewhere smaller, Rose was very pleased to be given a purpose-built bungalow in Sopwith Croft.

She worked at Lucas for many years and in her 80s, also volunteered at Age Concern, in Castle Bromwich for over a decade, whereupon she received a diploma for ten years’ service.

An enthusiastic Marks and Spencer shopper and keen gardener, Rose was able to look after herself until the last few years with the help of her doctor and district nurses. Rose enjoyed her bungalow and the company of her lovely neighbours.

When mobility became an issue, Rose was moved to the wonderful Berwood Court Care Home. Under their care she is doing well and being able to stay in Castle Vale is the best thing that could have happened.

Rose has three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Sheila Clifford commented:

The family have appreciated The Pioneer Group’s advice, assistance and kindness over years to help Rose remain in her own home for as long as possible. They are a wonderful team.

Berwood Court Care Home provides nursing and residential care for 74 older people, in the Castle Vale area of Birmingham. Residents can enjoy a number of activities including cake making, wine and cheese tasting and performances from local singers and comedians.

Recently nominated one of The Pioneer Group’s Lockdown Champion’s, Berwood Court was a recipient of Unsung Hero award for its endeavours helping residents during lockdown.

Kate Foley, Housing & Customer Services Director for The Pioneer Group, says:

We have loved hearing Rose’s wonderful story of her life on Castle Vale and her valuable connection to the estate’s housing journey. Her experience is a delightful example of this organisations passion to help residents with their housing needs, and we want to thank her for her years of support within the community. We wish Rose all the best with her future and her new beginnings with the wonderful team at Berwood Court.