Almshouse news and stories

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

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.

Our 75th anniversary garden party!

On 8th September 2021, The Almshouse Association joined with our members, who have been holding parties all over the UK...
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Saffron Waldon Almshouses welcome 550 people to party!

Donna Sharp, Communications Volunteer at King Edward VI & The Revd Joseph Prime Almshouse Charity tells us all about the...
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Photo competition winners announced!

Back in June we asked our members to take part in a photo competition to coincide with our 75th anniversary. We...
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‘Good excuse for a party!’

Almshouse Association member Kathryn Cooper sent us in the most fabulous photos from the party they held at their Linton...
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Royal visit to Colchester

Colchester almshouses were delighted to host a visit by The Almshouse Association Royal Vice Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester...
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Celebrations at two Wantage almshouses

The Almshouse of Robert Stiles based in Newbury Street and Vicar’s Row, Wantage and the Wantage Town Lands based in...
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16th century almshouse joins in the celebrations!

Dunton’s Almshouses in Dedham, Essex date back to the 16th Century and said that celebrating our 75th anniversary was a...
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140th anniversary at St John’s Homes Almshouses

The St. John’s Homes Kempston Almshouses Charity holds a garden party to celebrate their 140th anniversary! The St. John’s Homes...
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Party time at Royal Albert & St Swithuns Almshouse!

Caroline Dodds is the warden at Royal Albert and St Swithuns Almshouse based in Worcester Worcestershire. Together with their Chair...
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Dunk’s Almshouses celebrate our 75th!

Dunk’s almshouses, Hawkhurst joined in our 75th celebrations with a garden party. Their clerk, Lisa wrote in to tell us...
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Almshouses in The People’s Friend

The People's Friend magazine recently published a two page spread on almshouses. Journalist, Olivia Greenway explores the history of almshouses...
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Fond farewells to retiring clerk

Residents at High Barnet's historic almshouses have been saying a fond farewell to Simon Smith as he retires from his...
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