Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visits Village 135

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visits Village 135 and meets Common Purpose delegates from across the Commonwealth

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) were pleased to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to its Extra Care Scheme, Village 135, to facilitate Leaders representing the Commonwealth at the annual The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference tours led by Common Purpose.

The Princess Royal, who is President of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference, was accompanied by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor June Hitchen, The High Sheriff Doctor Robina Shah MBE and The Deputy Lieutenant, Edith Conn OBE JP DL.

The group had a guided tour of Village 135, followed by discussion groups that focused on the challenges of “What makes a City Resilient?”.  Most of the population of the Commonwealth live in cities, which are growing at an unprecedented rate. This offers fantastic opportunities for cities to not only be economic powerhouses, but also hubs of innovation and creativity, and drivers of social change.

Her Royal Highness toured Village 135 where she learnt about the impressive facilities on offer for residents.  The 135 apartments are designed to meet full mobility and access under Lifetime Homes, while ensuring living spaces are flexible in design and provide the level of care necessary for bespoke and changing needs.

During her visit, The Princess spoke with a number of residents of Village 135 along with Chagos Islander Wythenshawe representative Mr. Louis Elyse.

Shannon Stone, TPAS winner ‘Young Tenant of the Year’, presented a posy of flowers and was commended for her work in the community.

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of WCHG said, “It was a pleasure to welcome The Princess Royal and the other distinguished guests along representatives from around the Commonwealth. It’s with great pride that Wythenshawe and Village 135 was chosen and could discuss the resilience of Wythenshawe and Manchester at such as an opportune time."