Betty Entwistle house, a local authority sheltered housing scheme in Holyrood Crescent, was constructed around 1975-76 and officially opened in 1977 with the planting of a tree. The photo below shows a local dignitary doing the planting. In the background are other important people including the then Bishop of St Albans: Rev. Robert Runcie who later became Archbishop of Canterbury. Can anyone identify the other dignitaries? The tree was cut down in 2017 prior to the building’s demolition to make way for a new sheltered housing scheme. The new development will provide 40 modern homes for people who need the assistance of carers. The scheme will provide purpose-built flats for people aged 55 or above or people over 40 who are physically disabled. Building work is due to start in the summer of 2018 and it is hoped the first residents will be able to move in the spring of 2019. The images below are of the building being before and after demolition.
Betty Entwistle was a local councillor.