Our wonderful wardens

During the COVID 19 crisis our wonderful wardens have continued to help and support their residents in any way they can, practically and personally. We are very relieved to report that presently, we have had no COVID 19 cases on any site.

Although people are understandably keen to be back in regular contact with their families and friends, we will continue to discourage external visitors or callers unless essential, as this stance does seem to have been effective thus far in keeping our residents and staff safe. Our advisory signs at all sites will therefore remain in place for the time being.

All property moves were suspended on Government advice for the lockdown, but when we get the go ahead, we have several new residents ready to take up their new homes. This should bring us back up to near full occupancy again.

In the meantime, here is a lovely photo of Penny’s Hospital, taken by a resident last weekend in the early evening sunshine.

Penny’s Hospital in the evening sun

Many best wishes,
Yvonne Kent

Princess visits the Lancaster Charity

Lancaster’s own royal returned to the city on May 29 2019 to join in three special celebrations.

Princess Alexandra, who became founding Chancellor of Lancaster University 55 years ago, officially opened the new Community Fire and Ambulance Station and visited residents of Penny’s Hospital Almshouses and Westfield War Memorial Village..

Penny's Hospital
Penny’s Hospital

Trustees, residents and wardens welcomed the Princess to Penny’s Hospital, which was originally built by William Penny in 1719 for 12 poor old men and is run by Lancaster Charity. She unveiled a commemorative plaque and was presented with framed old and present-day photographs of the historic property as a keepsake.

Half-a-century on, it was a return meeting for the Princess and Roger Carradice, chairman of Lancaster Charity trustees. He reminded her that the last time they met was 50 years ago when she conferred his degree at Lancaster University.

Alan Sandham JP