Haverhill Echo 25 years ago

ECHO,March 15, 1990

UNKIND NEIGHBOURS

The devoted mother of a mentally handicapped man hit out at objectors who tried to block plans for a small home for handicapped people in a Haverhill street.

Suffolk Housing Society wanted to build 19 houses at the junction of Spindle Road and Hawthorn Road, which included a single storey home for four handicapped people and staff.

Some resident opposed the plans, saying ‘any institutions should not be developed in an existing residential area.’

Maureen Beck, who hoped her 22-year-old handicapped son Mark would move into the home, described the objectors as ‘unkind.’

25th ANNIVERSARY

Several events were held at the St Felix Roman Catholic Church in Haverhill to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The celebrations were attended by former priests and included a mass of thanksgiving at the Church in Princess Way conducted by the Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt Rev Alan Clark, a party for 140 children in the town hall, a dance and a concert of items by the St Felix Church Choir and other individuals.