RESIDENTS of a Newcastle council estate held a carnival party to celebrate its centenary anniversary earlier this month.
The city council bought the land in Walker that would become the Hexham Avenue estate in 1919 after the Addison Act gave money to local councils to build housing.
The first families then moved into the estate on Allendale Terrace and Tweedy Terrace in 1922. Weekly rents at the time ranged from 12 to 19 shillings (£1.44 to £2.28).
Wor Hoose, a community project based in the area, celebrated the estate’s 100th birthday by hosting the carnival party for those who live in the area.
The community event brought together local people, families and their neighbours to participate in a range of activities including arts and crafts, sports, and a cream tea party. An exhibition was also on display showing the local history and ancestry of the estate.
The event was funded by Brambledown Landscape Services, a contractor working in Walker on behalf of Your Homes Newcastle (YHN). The company decided to support the celebrations after YHN put the two organisations in touch.
“Events like these are a great example of the importance of community hubs and projects within our neighbourhoods and the work they do to bring communities together,” said David Langhorne, YHN’s assets and development director.
“It’s great to be able to help events such as this come to life by forging links between community projects and our local contractors.
“Council housing has made an important contribution to our city and celebrating 100 years of Hexham Avenue allows us to reflect on the history of the estate and a chance to look forward at the council housing and the communities it creates.”
Liz Coates, from Wor Hoose Newcastle, said: “Our residents and tenants group has worked hard to help organise the 100th birthday celebrations and the kind donation from Brambledown Landscape meant we could provide free food, refreshments games and arts and crafts activities.
“The birthday party was a chance for residents to have fun, get creative and reminisce over past times while mixing with their neighbours and making new friends.”
Paul Curry, director of Brambledown Landscape, added: “We have had the privilege of carrying out significant environmental improvement works in Walker over the past 45 years and are delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile community project event.
“Wor Hoose enhances the social, educational and economic welfare of residents within the Hexham Avenue housing estate and surrounding areas, and we are proud to offer our support in celebrating 100 years of the estate.”