How many of us have been lured to buy a massive portion of fish and chips, solely by getting a whiff of that delicious batter and fried potatoes? Well, as one of our colleagues was about to find out, that aromatic scent has a way of lingering…
Last week Friday, on one of the coldest nights in London and the South East, a power cut happened in the Finchley area, which affected vulnerable and elderly residents of Wimbush House.
Once again that amazing team spirit so prevalent at The Barnet Group and so beloved by us all, kicked into action.
Susan Blackburn, Wimbush House’s SHM Ola, and the Sheltered Housing Team plus the Three Musketeers, Stephen Pugh, Shah Mushood (is Shah ever off duty?) and the Repairs Operational Manager whirred into action, staying until after 9pm to ensure that the residents of Wimbush House would be warm on that cold, cold night.
The evening was not without its challenges, as the older residents of Wimbush House were understandably very anxious about the prospect of not having any power at all.
The Three Musketeers got engineers from UK Power Network down to Wimbush House quickly and worked with them to make sure our Sheltered property was switched back on to power with as little disruption as possible.
As the night got colder, the Repairs Operational Manager and the team had the inspirational idea of treating everyone to a fish supper.
Not as easy as it sounds, as the Repairs Operational Manager had to contact three different fish and chip shops who would cater for that amount of people before he phoned Oliver’s in Whetstone. Luckily, they were only too happy to help!
Everyone down at Wimbush House tucked into fish and chips. David Hann and Ian Woollard, our other heroes of the night, went out and got torches for each of the residents. Ian dropped them off personally on his way home, which the Wimbush House residents really appreciated. And even the National Grid contractors got a share of the fish and chips as a big thank-you for their efficiency on the night.
Finally, one of the residents of the scheme, felt compelled to dial in some praise for a job well done: “They all made sure that the residents were okay and I like to give credit where it is due. I wanted to say that I was very impressed by this service. Well done to Barnet Homes!” It’s safe to say the residents at Wimbush were as happy as Larry.
Now our Repairs Operational Manager has a lasting memory of his commitment to the cause that particular night as his beloved car held the exquisite notes of Fish and Chips Eau Du Parfum No 1 for some time – not even sure if several car washes could get rid of it…