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Housing company pays tribute to community pioneer

Ann Guest with her MBE

Wolverhampton Homes paid tribute this week (5 July 2021) to Ann Guest MBE and former Chair of the Federation of Tenants Associations, who passed away following a short period of illness on Friday 25 June 2021. She was 84.  

Ann had lived in her council home on Cannock Road on the Spring Valley estate since 1961. Ann bought her flat in 1991 and continued to champion causes for tenants and leaseholders until she became ill last month.

Ann was well known across the city and among public sector figures for her commitment to her community, having established the Spring Valley Tenants and Residents Association in 1987, and served on numerous committees including Wolverhampton Homes’ Leasehold Forum and tenant action groups.

Fellow resident and close friend, Enid Slade MBE said:

“Ann was a real community champion. She wasn’t one to mince her words, and if something didn’t sit well with her, you’d be sure to hear about it.

“She was a powerful woman with a strong voice, which she regularly used to speak up on behalf of her fellow residents.”

Wolverhampton Homes, which manages around 22,000 homes on behalf of the council, said that Ann was a driving force in the planning and delivery of many citywide projects, not least its Decent Homes programme which saw thousands of properties improved with new kitchens and bathrooms between 2008 and 2015, and more recently the capital investment programme, which is bringing in fire safety and energy performance enhancements.

Ann’s outstanding service to the community was recognised in October 2000 when she was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by His Royal Highness Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Ann’s daughters, Jacqueline and Kim, and grandsons, Jamie and Mitchell have been overwhelmed by the support and kind words they’ve received from Wolverhampton Homes and representatives of the community.

The family said:

“We are very proud of what she achieved in her lifetime; she especially liked working with Wolverhampton Homes. Her proudest moment was receiving her MBE from Prince Charles.

“Mom was one of a kind and has left a big hole in our hearts. She will be so sadly missed by all the family. May she rest in peace.”

Shaun Aldis, Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Homes said:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Ann’s passing. Her desire and commitment to helping others, particularly the vulnerable, was truly inspirational.

“When she wasn’t getting involved in citywide initiatives, she was supporting people at Coven Lodge, the Spring Valley community centre where she took a very ‘hands on’ approach.

“Ann will forever be known for her passion and dedication to community service. She’ll be sorely missed by so many within Wolverhampton Homes and across the city.”