Leeds Jewish Housing Association are preparing to mark their Platinum anniversary this year with a huge celebratory summer party this Sunday 30th July.

The event, which takes place from 2pm-5pm at LJHA’s main site on Queenshill Avenue and Stonegate Way, has been made possible by the generous financial contribution of Bensons Panels, Lighthouse Risk Services, Market Taylor and 1st Select as principal sponsors, together with donations from a range of other companies.

The event will include inflatables for children, circus and drama workshops, a huge range of stalls, free refreshments for residents, live music, an opportunity to view photos and magazines from the past, as well as visits from West Yorkshire Police and the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

LJHA was officially constituted on 22nd October 1953 and for 70 years now has been providing social housing and wider social welfare provision. There are a number of celebratory events running throughout the year, including the summer event on the 30th July, where there will be opportunities to say thank you to past and present tenants; celebrate the work of the association and engage with the wider community. We will also be connecting with ‘Leeds 23’ the year-long celebration of culture in the city.

Although marking their Platinum anniversary, LJHA are keen to create a seamless link between past, present and future. Cherry Tree House, which opened in June last year, was recently awarded the Northern Housing Consortium’s Sheltered Housing Scheme of the Year, one of 4 sheltered schemes which now comprise a sheltered village on the Queenshill site. Looking to the future, with the current wait for family homes being 10-15 years. LJHA is working hard on behalf of Jewish families desperate for their secure and permanent by looking at how they can build new houses.

The summer event will allow residents and the wider community to come together to celebrate a historical journey which will continue to look after the Jewish Community for many years to come.

Mark Grandfield, LJHA CEO said:

The association is very proud of its history and what we’ve achieved and that’s what we’re celebrating now, we’re celebrating those philanthropic founding fathers who had the initial vision so many years ago, we’re celebrating those countless generations who have lived with us and those living with us now, we’re celebrating the partners we’ve worked with and the volunteers who’ve helped us. All of this builds up to a collective worth that is Leeds Jewish Housing Association and we think that’s definitely worth a 70th birthday party.

For enquiries, please contact Simon Phillips, Community Engagement Officer, at [email protected], or call 07584 601192.