Spalding Almshouse Charity
Spalding Almshouse Charity
Registered No. 220077
The Spalding Town Husbands as the Trustees of The Spalding Almshouse Charity currently administer 71 properties in Spalding and Pinchbeck.
All the almshouses except one are bungalows. Each of the two bungalows at West Parade, Spalding, the two bungalows at Knight Street, Pinchbeck and the bungalow at 32 Bowditch Road, Spalding have two bedrooms but all the other bungalows have one bedroom. No 7 South Parade, Spalding is a two storey almshouse with one bedroom on the first floor.
As and when a property becomes vacant it is advertised in the Lincolnshire Free Press, The Voice and our website. The Town Husbands do not keep a waiting list. Applicants are shortlisted and interviewed by a panel of the Trustees and a decision is then made.
The criteria for selecting almshouse residents is set out in the Charity Commission 1971 Scheme establishing (inter alia) The Spalding Almshouse Charity and following amendment to such Scheme applicants have to be of limited means and normally resident in the South Holland District. Additionally, in the case of not less than 8 of the almshouses, they also have to be elderly persons.
The persons occupying the almshouses are appointed as beneficiaries of the Charity and not as tenants. As such they do not have any security of tenure under the Housing Act. The Trustees can terminate their appointment although in practice this has never been done.
A weekly maintenance contribution is payable in advance towards the upkeep of the dwelling and this figure is normally subject to annual increase.
Almspeople are responsible for paying their own gas and electricity bills and council tax . The Charity pays the water bill and if the almsperson is under 75 years old the television licence.
All almshouses have a Lifeline telephone installed.
TheTown Husbands organise three gatherings a year for almshouse residents. These have included tea parties, trips to Skegness, Chatsworth House, Bury St Edmunds and trips to the Pantomine at Christmas, to name a few.
1907 KINGSTON COTTAGE HOMES 1 HOME IN SOUTH PARADE
1938 EDWIN DALTON HOMES 2 HOMES IN WEST PARADE
1961 MASHAM HOMES 4 HOMES IN GREEN LANE
1968 ADRIAN GALL HOMES 16 HOMES IN BOWDITCH ROAD
1980 ALICE WILSON HOMES 6 HOMES IN WINSOVER ROAD
1994 LUCILLE VAN GEEST HOMES 14 HOMES IN HOEKMAN DRIVE AND HOEMAN WAY
1998 TURNER ALMSHOUSES 2 HOMES IN KNIGHT STREET PINCHBECK
2008 GAMLYN ALMSHOUSES 10 HOMES IN CLOVER WAY
2010 MARY GAGE HOMES 2 FURTHER HOMES IN GREEN LANE
2011 ALICE WILSON HOMES 2 FURTHER HOMES IN WINSOVER ROAD
AS AN ADDITION TO THE ALICE WILSON HOMES
2011 LUCILLE VAN GEEST HOMES 1 FURTHER HOME IN HOEKMAN DRIVE
AS AN ADDITION TO THE LUCILLE VAN GEEST HOMES
2013 TURNER ALMSHOUSES 1 HOME IN BROWNLOW CRESCENT PINCHBECK
AS AN ADDITION TO THE TURNER ALMSHOUSES
2015 JOHN VAN GEEST HOMES 10 HOMES IN LARKSPUR WAY/ROSEMARY CLOSE