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Arch Hill Court became involved with the Bewdley Festival this year, joining in with their Duck House competition.

The Duck Houses were made by the Emily Jordan Foundation, who support young adults in transition and for adults with learning and physical disabilities who would like to develop their skills and to be involved in work related activity to their own ability level.

Arch Hill Court tenants who raise money through various activities throughout the year, paid a fee of £50 to join in the competition. The fee helped towards the cost of materials for making the duck house and the rest went to the Emily Jordan Foundation to support their ongoing charity.

The plain shell of Duck House was picked up in June of this year, and the target date for completion was the beginning of October.

Tenants thought long and hard about the design and then came up with the idea that inspired them throughout lockdown, the Arch Hill Garden, which became tenants haven through such a difficult year of Covid, not seeing family or friends.

Sue Ireland, tenant at Arch Hill was the creative mind behind the idea of the duck house, she worked long and hard, day and night, designing the duck house with support of the tenants, getting materials from the garden and replicating features of the garden, creating an amazingly wonderful original duck house, with so much detail and little features.

At times the workmen from our Property Services teams who were in the building, joined in and helped with their carpentry skills, which was much appreciated.

The Duck House was taken to Jubilee Gardens in Bewdley and it was displayed there throughout October. Visitors to the garden and museum were able to view all the entries and vote for their favourite Duck House creation.

The hard work and sleepless nights paid off and this week the winners were announced. We were all so proud that the entry of “Archie's Haven” came second out of over 36 entries.

We held our own celebration this week and presented Sue with the results, a bunch of flowers and a silver no.2.  It was a real lovely ending to the hard work and commitment that Sue put towards the project and the teamwork that is so important to the tenants and staff at Arch Hill Court.

More information and results can be found on the Bewdley Festival Facebook page.