Official opening of ten new almshouses in Spalding

Hilary Marlow and Petronella Keeling meet new residents Ian and Liz Hayes. Photo: Jim Scott
Hilary Marlow and Petronella Keeling meet new residents Ian and Liz Hayes. Photo: Jim Scott
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Spalding Town Husbands held an official opening of ten modern, one-bedroom bungalows on behalf of the Spalding Almshouse Charity.

The development in Rosemary Way/Larkspur Close, Spalding, is known as the John Van Geest Homes and it was officially opened by Mr Van Geest’s daughter, Mrs Hilary Marlowe.

Ian and Liz Hayes very much at home in Rosemary Close. Photo: Jim Scott

Ian and Liz Hayes very much at home in Rosemary Close. Photo: Jim Scott

A substantial sum from the John Van Geest charitable foundation helped provide the funds to build the homes.

The bungalows were built by Broadgate Homes Ltd and completed in November.

They have been occupied by beneficiaries of the almshouse charity since the beginning of the year.

Around 50 guests and residents attended the official opening, including South Holland District Council vice chairman Rodney Grocock, Broadgate Homes chief executive Ian Canham and past and present town husbands.

The ceremony was followed by refreshments and guests were given a guided tour of the bungalows by residents, including Ian and Liz Hayes.

Spalding Almshouse Charity, which is administered by the town husbands, has existed for more than 400 years and has increased the number of homes it manages from 34 to 71.

• For more information visit www.spaldingtownhusbands.btck.co.uk

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New homes for the people as charity and developer join forces