Padley Housing recently said goodbye to the resident warden in their largest sheltered scheme at Ludlam House, Berners Road, Arbourthorne.  Mrs Doreen Batty had been the resident warden since 1992, giving almost 28 years of care to Ludlam tenants and their families.

  Padley Housing marked the occasion with a presentation to Mrs Batty to express its thanks for the exemplary service she has given to the Association.  Doreen has always put the needs of the residents first and has constantly out-performed her job description in all aspects and the Committee of Padley Housing was very sorry to see her leave.

Right to left: Paul Digby, Charlotte Batty, Doreen Batty and Paul McMahon

  The good news for Ludlam House residents is that Doreen’s daughter, Charlotte, will be taking over from her mother.  Charlotte has been involved at Ludlam House as the cleaner and stand-in warden for almost as long as her mother, and both the Committee and the residents are delighted to welcome her as permanent warden.  The only change is that Charlotte will not be resident at Ludlam House, but will work there for five full days every week, with City Wide Care taking over the monitoring of the residents in evenings and at weekends.  Padley has also employed a permanent cleaner, whose mother has also worked for Padley in the past, to take over cleaning duties and to cover the warden’s job when Charlotte is on holiday.  Padley is delighted to have this continuity of staff, and is pleased to keep the friendly, family atmosphere at Ludlam House which has been such a feature of Doreen’s time there.

  There will also now be an opportunity to increase the number of good quality flats in Ludlam House by converting the warden’s three bedroom flat and an adjacent studio flat into a two bedroom flat and a one bed flat.  The conversion will be relatively simple and work should start after the Easter break.

  Padley Housing Association is run by a committee of private individuals who meet quarterly to take decisions about the lettings, welfare and maintenance of the properties.  They are advised by an independent accountant and property manager.

  To find out how to join the Management Committee or to enquire how to become a tenant of Padley Housing Association please contact Hunters, 208 Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1TG, telephone: 0114 2666626 or email: sheffieldcrookeslettings@hunters.com.