One of our owners, Mrs Lindsay, organised Alston's Macmillan Coffee Morning, and we supplied teas served by a glamourous assistant. The event raised £352.50.
We are pleased to say that our Dining Room is open following the relaxation of COVID restrictions. Our lounge is open for coffee but not for organised events until the 21st June. We are open for Helen with our Wednesday 'Keep Fit' Class, and Gill from Nail Candy. Several events have been booked with a birthday party, a buffet and entertainer in early July and Pimm's on the Patio in late August. The monthly Quiz Nights are restarting in September and the Whist Drive in July.
The re-turfing of the driveway lawns has been completed and the wisteria in the main rear garden is in full bloom. Below are a few photos of Alston Court's gardens.
On the 17th May our dining room is re-opening which will allow owners to socialise more. We wait to see detailed government instructions as to whether the rule of six will apply.
Later that week Helen our fitness coach is starting a series of six exercise classes.
On June 21st (the first day social activities can restart) one of our owners wants her birthday party to be held in the lounge.
Also restarting will be our monthly whist drive (1st Thursday) and also the quiz nights (3rd Thursday) together with our regular coffee morning and chat nights.
In early July we have a Court arranged social event with a buffet and entertainment with Daryl Kane.
In August we will be holding the ‘Pimms on the Patio’ event which is always very well attended. On the same day the new Court Manager, Julie, takes over following the retirement of Andrew who has been in charge for the last 14¾ years.
After a wet October one of our Duty Managers, Julie, decided to cheer everyone up in November by raising money for Macmillan Nurses with 'Brave the Shave' event. She raised a fantastic sum of £1,600!
In September, Lily Lawrence entertained us by ‘Dancing Through the Decades’. As a professional ballet and modern dance performer she was able to show various dances. She even got a couple of our owners dancing. A wonderful event truly enjoyed by all.
Next week we have Rita B entertaining us, preceded by a buffet at the start of the evening. Looking further forward we will be having a Bangers and Mash event early November and then starting the run up to Christmas. Where does the year go?
The sale of apartments is going extremely well with eight completing to date and a further two ‘under offer’. All the new owners have settled in well, with many attending the regular monthly events hosted by Alston Court.
Our August event was the Annual ‘Pimm's on the Patio’. Owners enjoyed glorious weather that afternoon. Apart from Pimm's, non-alcoholic Summer Surprise and juices were available. A relaxing afternoon for all at Alston.
Owners gathered for a lovely Afternoon Tea with a good assortment of finger sandwiches, home made scones, cream and Tiptree jams with yet more cups of tea. Another event at enjoyed by all.
Owners enjoyed a Strawberry Tea with strawberries and cream, home-made scones, lashings of clotted cream, jam and plenty of cups of tea. A new favourite at Alston Court.
Alston Court was looking as good as new ready for Christmas.
The Owners enjoyed many social events including a carol concert, a visit from St Helens Catholic Primary School Choir, an Owners Christmas party and a carol service.
Regular social activities include a monthly Whist Drive and a quiz night.
The external redecoration of Alston Court is going well. The exterior render has been cleaned. The balcony handrails have been repaired and repainted a rich terracotta. With the white ceilings and newly painted doors the property is being restored to its former glory.
The picture shows the rear of the block during the cleaning process. That on the left has been cleaned, centre part is being cleaned and the right still to be done.
The Rock and Roll night went very well and the next event is going to be a Strawberry Tea in a couple of weeks and then ‘Pimm’s on the Patio’ in August. Last year more than 30 owners and guests attended each of these events.
Various contractors are visiting Alston Court in preparation of the external redecoration. All the render and some brickwork is to be cleaned, the rainwater goods to be renewed, external walkways to be painted and wooden balcony rails replaced. It will mean that the Court will be covered in scaffolding for a period but the outside will be pristine when the work is finished.
Spring is on its way and this year the daffodils were still out when the wallflowers started to bloom. It is good to see the garden in colour again.
We have taken the opportunity of cleaning and sealing all the block paving in the car park and renewing the parking bay markings.
The town houses on the old St Helen’s School site are nearly complete and apparently selling for £675,000.
Apartment sales have been quite quiet as no properties have come on the market apart from those with one bedroom. I therefore have only one bedroom properties available.
The waiting list for two bedroom properties is continuing to grow and I am sure any such properties will not be on the market long.
I strongly recommend anyone interested to contact me so I can record their details appropriately.
The events recently held include a buffet followed by entertainment when 22 owners and guests attended and had an enjoyable time.
Last week 31 owners and guests attended an afternoon tea with a table magician conjuring up an entertaining afternoon.
Coming up in April is our St George’s Day Fish and Chip Supper and in May a buffet following by a group called ‘Lets Rock and Roll’.
A fashion show has been arranged in June together with a strawberry Tea.
The redecoration of the ground floor and communal areas is now complete. Our new look lounge (see picture below) is already getting a lot of compliments.
Over the coming weeks we have many varied events which include
Unfortunately we currently have no apartments for sale and the waiting list is growing which proves the popularity of Alston Court. Over the next few months however some of our empty apartment will be coming up for sale so I encourage all potential buyers to regularly look at this website.