Local children from Hackbridge Primary School have been sharing how they feel about the area they live via the medium of art, in a recent competition entitled ‘LOVE Hackbridge’.

Pupils entered the competition where they drew, painted and etched images of places they love including Wandle River and a waterfall in Beddington Park. The creative pieces were then displayed at Brio Retirement Living’s Button House development for locals, parents and residents to enjoy.

Karen Martin, Retirement Living Advisor at Button House, which is a vibrant later living development located on Spinning Wheel Way in the Town, shared: “Hackbridge Primary School is located next door to Button House, and we have a wonderful relationship with both the staff and pupils there. We were astounded by the beautiful pieces of art produced – they really are a talented bunch of children!

“It was very hard to select just three winners as the standard was so high, so we decided to have three equal winners! The winner chosen by the Button House team was Sidney Howe, 8, our Button House residents’ selection was Trisha Gai, 10, and our General Manager’s pick for creativity went to Jaiden Saunders. We awarded each winner with an art set and a voucher for a meal at our onsite Slate & Grain brasserie, bar and coffee lounge. Additionally, as it was so hard to judge, we’ve also presented all the entrants with an Easter egg from the team here at Button House. Congratulations everyone!”

Both Headteacher Mrs Walford and Art lead Mrs Touati at Hackbridge Primary School, supported the children with ideas on what to draw for the ‘LOVE Hackbridge’ theme. Mrs Walford shared: “The children loved entering the competition and it was a joy to see how they interpreted the theme ‘Love Hackbridge’ and the many things they love about the area they live. We’ve forged a lovely bond with the staff and residents at Button House – some of our children have grandparents who live on the development – and it was a fabulous way to celebrate all that’s great about our community and the pretty area we’re a part of.”

Mrs Touati added: “Art is a huge part of our curriculum and watching the children’s imaginations come to life on a project based so close to home was a joy. I understand how difficult the judging task was for the Button House team and we’re very appreciative of the bonus prizes given to all the children who entered. We can’t wait for our next collaboration and to enjoy seeing more of our pupils’ creativity. Thank you, Button House team!”

Button House boasts a new collection of 80 stylish assisted living apartments, situated over four floors, all accessible by lift and stairs. The community features a range of beautiful one- and two-bedroom homes all suitably designed for those over the age of 65. Each home comes with a private and spacious balcony, plus a range of exciting onsite facilities including a fitness studio, the exclusive Slate & Grain brasserie, bar and coffee lounge, a community hub and more, and homeowners can shirk their domestic responsibilities, with cleaning, laundry and pet sitting services that free up time for doing the fun things in life – like spending time with their grandchildren!

Button House is located within the vibrant New Quarter Mill development and offers a wonderful atmosphere for residents and visitors alike. Perfect for those looking to move into a community that makes life easier, more enjoyable and ultimately a great place to live. And, quietly waiting in the wings is the provision of flexible care and support packages, on offer 24/7 should homeowners need it, meaning every second of life can be enjoyed without worry.