Milestone anniversary for Walsall housing association
Milestone anniversary for Walsall housing association

A Walsall housing association will mark 40 years of providing affordable housing to thousands of people across the borough at a special event tomorrow (Tuesday, 12 June).

Caldmore Housing Association, which partnered with Accord Housing Association this year to become Caldmoreaccord, will invite former Chief Executive Barrie Blower to plant a tree in a community garden being developed in the area.

Barrie, who was the first employee of Caldmore Housing Association in 1972, served the organisation for 30 years before retiring as Chief Executive in 2002.

The MBE holder will plant a fruit tree in a community garden being developed by the Caldmore Village Festival Group and Caldmoreaccord on a former disused plot of land off Carless Street tomorrow to mark Caldmore’s 40th anniversary.

Once completed, the community garden will be used to host a range of events and local residents will be encouraged to grow their own fruit and vegetables there.

Mike Hew, Chief Executive of Caldmoreaccord Housing Association, said: “Over the last 40 years we have grown substantially as an organisation, going from just two properties in 1972 to 7,200 affordable homes today.

“Barrie has and continues to play a vital role in Caldmore, so we are delighted that he will be planting a tree in the community garden - a tree which we hope will flourish over the next 40 years just as Caldmore has.”

Barrie Blower, said: “The last 40 years have seen much change at Caldmore but the organisation’s first priority continues to be serving those most in need.

“It’s a pleasure to be invited to celebrate Caldmore’s 40th anniversary with staff, residents and shareholders from past and present.”

To mark its 40th anniversary, Caldmore Housing Association is also appealing to local people for their memories of Caldmore over the last 40 years.

The photos and stories will be used to form a colourful collage documenting the history of the housing association, which will go on display in Caldmoreaccord’s Caldmore Green office.

To take part in the project, call Jill Sargeant on 01922 705 764. Closing date for photos and stories is Wednesday, 29 August. Founded in 1972, Caldmore Housing Association was set up in partnership with Caldmore Residents’ Action Group (CRAG).

In 2009, Caldmore Housing Association joined the Accord Group, which it is still part of today. In April this year, Caldmore partnered with Accord Housing Association to become Caldmoreaccord Housing Association.

Caldmoreaccord Housing Association now manages more than 7,200 affordable homes and provides a range of care services in Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton.