A very special meeting

1st November 2019 | posted in News

There was only one place to hold our annual general meeting in our centenary year – the National Railway Museum in York of course!

Our Board of Trustees was delighted to be joined at this year’s event by a number of guests including residents who serve on our Scrutiny Panel, former Chair, Vice Chair and Presidents of the Association and even the great, great grandson of a famous Railway engineer!

The guest of honour was the Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, Kate Henderson. The National Housing Federation represents housing associations and campaigns on our behalf to influence government policy.

Kate said: “Celebrating 100 years is a proud moment and you have an incredibly bright future. Your story is what makes this sector so special.”

After the AGM, one of our guests, Patrick Stirling, got to see one of the almost 900 railway engines that his great, great-grandfather, also called Patrick Stirling, built. We named our sheltered housing scheme in Doncaster after the famous railway engineer.

Five of our former Chair, Vice Chair and Presidents, Frank Paterson, Barrie Ward, Eric Hayhurst, Doug Harrison and Carole Bustard, were able to attend.

We left the last words to the three most important people who attended on the day, residents Brenda Flynn and Bernard and Elaine Greaves.

They said: “It was lovely to be able to be part of this special AGM and to be recognised for the part we play as residents of Railway Housing Association.”

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