“I’m Brenda and have lived at Christopher Taylor Court (CTC) in Bournville for 11 years.
I love being a Bournville tenant as I have no worries about repairs or upkeep. CTC is beautiful and has everything I need, I never feel lonely as there is always someone to talk to.
I have three children, all boys, and seven grandchildren. Two of my lads have served in the army. I have lived in many places before settling in Bournville, including Germany. I say I was a bag lady because I was always moving around.
I love to keep active and have always worked. For many years I was in accounts, but have also been a barmaid and before I officially retired I was a child-minder.
After retirement I got bored very quickly and just had to find something to do. So totally unplanned, for nearly twenty years, I ended up working as a paid manager for Royal Women’s Voluntary Service at the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital, then Selly Oak Rehabilitation Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital.
I finished as a volunteer for the WRVS in the café at the Women’s Hospital.
My eldest son moved out to New Zealand and while I miss him and the children, I keep in touch through Skype on my trusty iPad.
I enjoy the theatre, cinema, lunches and visiting friends and family.
I absolutely love the actor Jason Statham, from films such as Fast & the Furious. I have a life sized cardboard cut-out of him in my living room. If I leave it by the window my neighbours think I have a toy boy!”