Residents at Stoke-on-Trent’s first over 55’s village have welcomed a newly redecorated communal area and reception.

The refurbishment at Bradeley village, ran by Staffordshire Housing Association, has seen new furniture and a larger coffee shop, as well as a new residents’ bar and toilets. The village also has new mobility scooter stores throughout the building.

Bradeley village, has been providing older people with independent apartments in a village style community since 1994, when it was officially opened by the Queen, it was the first extra care village in the UK.

Pat has lived at the village for 4 years with her husband: “Before the curtains and furniture were dated. Now, I’d love to pinch the sofas for my own room, I think they’re gorgeous” she laughs. “The colours have come together really well, I didn’t like them at first when they were painting, but I think they look great now.”

Margaret has lived at Bradeley village for 16 years, she said: “It is a lot better to how it used to look. It’s lighter and more inviting. The new curtains are really lovely and really lift the room.”

Pauline and Elaine, also long term residents, added: “Thumbs up for everything, I feel like I’m living in a posh hotel. It’s 100% better than it was before. It was looking tired and out of date, and the furniture was getting grubby.”

Julie Russell, supported housing manager at Staffordshire Housing Association, said: “I am very proud and pleased with the refurbishment. Bradeley has been open for 24 years, and was in need of a facelift.

“This has put Bradeley village back on the map in terms of its modern appeal to older people looking for independent living with extra facilities.”

Bradeley Village has apartments for rent available now, for more information about village living for over 55s, and to register your interest in living here, visit our Village Living page.

How the village communal area looked before the transformation

After the refurbishment