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New home stops family leaving village

Warwickshire Rural Housing Association has prevented the Shilling family from going through the upheaval of having to move away from their village.

For the past 30 years, WRHA has been providing affordable local homes for local people, as more and more people, like the Shillings, are being forced from the villages they know and love due to rising house prices.

Fionna Shilling was concerned she and her two teenage daughters would have to move out of Great Wolford in South Warwickshire, following the breakdown of a relationship.

She says: “It would have been impossible for me to afford to buy in the village so I was having to look elsewhere.  I know so many people in Great Wolford, who have been so helpful and supportive to me, that it would have been a huge wrench to leave.

“Staying in the village also had the added bonus of not disturbing the children as they can get a bus to their school from here.”

Fionna, who has lived in Great Wolford for 26 years, heard that WRHA had a two-bedroom property for affordable rent which was due to become available.  She tried not to get her hopes up, however, as she was concerned that demand for the property would be high.

“When they called me to say I was being offered the property, I could have kissed the ground,” she says.

“The house is perfect for me and my daughters.  We have a small garden and a field right behind us which is ideal, as we also have a dog and three cats.

“I feel very, very lucky to have been offered the property and I’m very grateful that WRHA enabled us to stay in Great Wolford.”

“I feel very, very lucky to have been offered the property and I’m very grateful that WRHA enabled us to stay in Great Wolford.”