Almshouse news and stories

The historical aspect of almshouse charities and the legacy of their benefactors are considerable so it is hardly surprising that they are able to present a wide variety of stories and anecdotes ranging from their inception to the present day. There are cases where residents dress in the unusual “uniform” which is unique to their charity and others where splendid architectural features have been unearthed and restored.

The titles of many almshouses have wonderful names: The Eight Men of Broadclyst, The Sisters of Castle Rising and Twitty’s Almshouses, to name a few. Aside from their titles and history, however, the common factor shared amongst all almshouses is that today they continue to provide comfortable and secure homes for those in need, something they have done for centuries.

We would like to share with you some of the interesting articles and stories about our member charities and the almshouse movement today in our posts below.

Gardens & People Almshouse Association Awards

Each year the Association invites members to showcase their almshouse projects and achievements by applying for one of our awards....

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House of Lords: Almshouses take centre stage

The Almshouse Association was very pleased to see almshouses widely discussed in The House of Lords today (22 Oct 20)....

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David Rutley MP

Association meets with David Rutley MP

Today (14 Oct 20), The Almshouse Association held a productive meeting with David Rutley MP for Macclesfield. Discussions with Mr...

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Association CEO in Labour Housing newletter

A letter from Nick Phillips CEO of The Almhouse Association has been featured in the Labour Housing Group September 20...

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Local Rector talks about almshouses and the test of time on the C of E website

Mark Bennet, Team Rector at Thatcham in Berkshire talks about his preconceptions of almshouses before he found himself as one...

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Almshouses officially recognised as unique housing model

The official definition of an almshouse has been recognised by the Charity Commission which has just released its new, approved...

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Association article makes it into LGA Magazine

The Local Government Association’s first magazine has published an article written by the Almshouse Association promoting almshouses and their benefits...

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Patrick Vernon OBE, community activist & campaigner for voluntary sector, to be Ambassador for the Association

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Almshouse communities: a solution to loneliness?

Over the next few weeks the Homes at the Heart campaign, run by the National Housing Federation and supported by...

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Southwark Charities proposes new 21st century almshouse development

LONDON, 30 JULY, 2020 – Southwark Charities unveiled emerging plans for rebuilding its almshouses situated on Nicholson Street, Blackfriars, SE1....

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Affordable Housing Commission: Making housing affordable after Covid-19

The Almshouse Association’s response to the Affordable Housing Commission’s Making Housing Affordable After COVID-19 report The Almshouse Association agrees with...

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ONS Index of Private Housing Rental Prices statistics – Association Comment

The Office for National Statistics released its monthly Index of Private Housing Rental Prices last week which shows the continued...

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Rural Housing Week

This Rural Housing Week is likely to be dominated by the long term impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Action with...

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HRH message: Patron’s Award Ceremony

On 6th May 2020 we would have been celebrating The Almshouse Association 2018 Patron's Award winners at the award ceremony...

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Message from HRH The Prince of Wales

As we all struggle to come to terms with the horror of coping with this terrible disease and all of...

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Almshouses make the national news again

Another great article about the almshouse movement has been published in the national press, this time in The Telegraph. The...

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Our Royal Patron visits the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses in Bedworth

The Almshouse Association was delighted to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to one of our member charities on 18...

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Read all about it!

Almshouses and the Almshouse Association have been making the national papers and broadcast media this week. This recognition is great...

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Christmas comes early for 645 almshouse residents!

Staff at the Association have been busy posting out Christmas vouchers to 645 almshouse residents who are all aged 90...

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In Search of the Lost Will of John Marler of Essex

Mr J F Hackworth sent the Association this wonderful account of his 20 year search for the lost will of...

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