New homes for older people located in Tilehurst, officially opened with a launch event on Thursday 12 June. Guests included local Councillor Sandra Vickers, Alok Sharma MP, and Elizabeth Green who returned to her place of birth, 68 years on.
Last month saw the handover of Iris Court, in Tilehurst, Reading. The site, which retains a grade II listed rectory building following demolition of the old 1960’s sheltered accommodation, is set in a beautiful conservation area, adjacent to St Michael’s Church. The land was purchased by James Butcher Housing Association in 1964 from the Church Commissioners.
Prior to purchase, the old rectory was occupied by the late Reverend Gordon Sherwood and his wife Kathleen who lived at the rectory raising their family, and later, their grandchildren.
Elizabeth Green, one of two grandchildren born at the Church; Elizabeth in 1946, and her brother David in 1947, has fond memories of growing up at the old rectory. Elizabeth says: “I can still remember it as it was in those post – war years. The rectory was a beautiful place to live, it seemed enormous to me then, at age four, my family and I were very happy there.
“Since leaving the rectory as a child, I have always kept an eye on the building with great interest, and I am very pleased that the house will continue as residential accommodation, four large communal rooms and four self-contained apartments make it sound like a very big building!”