April 5, 2011 1:57 PM

Last Friday 5th April local MP Mark Hunter and Cheadle & Gatley Councillors Pam King and C Iain Roberts joined school children from Lum Head Primary School and North Cheshire Jewish Primary School at Mitchell House, a 'Johnnie' Johnson Retirement Home on Lorna Grove, Gatley.

The children unveiled tiles created by themselves, under the theme 'what makes you smile in the garden', which they had donated to the retirement home to be placed on show around the home. The school children, accompanied by senior staff, alongside Mr Hunter and Cllrr King and Roberts, were also able to chat with and meet residents at Mitchell House and see the grounds for themselves.

Commenting, Mark said:

"It's always a pleasure to visit Mitchell House and Friday morning was an extremely enjoyable occasion for all those involved. It was a real honour to be there for the unveiling of the plaques which the children had worked hard to design and create.

"The selection of tiles on show, all designed by local school children, will cause many smiles, for many residents, for many years to come.

I am really pleased to have been invited to share in such a special occassion and I congratulate both the schools and all at "Johnnie" Johnson for making this possible."

Commenting, Linda Carey, Scheme Manager at Mitchell House said:

"Everybody at Mitchell House and Mitchell Close absolutely loved working with the children on the tile making project.

"We have forged a great friendship with both schools and the children also come to the Scheme to sing for the tenants on occasions.

"The Schools Linking project has helped to bridge intergenerational gaps in our local community and we now have lovely handmade tiles to brighten up our garden that will last for years to come.

"What a lovely reminder of the children's hard work and dedication! It was great to have Mark Hunter there to say a big thank you to everyone involved."

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