Ilford sheltered housing complex erects pagoda with money donated by former resident

Sheltered housing residents in Ilford now have a shady place to relax, thanks to former resident Ivan Fennell.

A new pagoda has been erected in the garden of Oakfield Lodge, in Albert Road, with money left in Mr Fennell’s will.

Family members were joined by Oakfield Lodge staff and councillors, including Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Muhammed Javed, for the official opening on Tuesday.

Mr Fennell’s nephew Graham Fennell said: “He was only there for about 18 months but he really enjoyed himself, he was quite taken by it.

“The lodge chose the pagoda because it’s a permanent reminder and it will benefit all the residents.”

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Mr Fennell, of Loughton, estimated about 50 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, including 19 members of his family.

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