The charity owns 32 homes – almshouses – on More’s Meadow in the village. Purpose built to our design, this development of one, two and three bedroom properties was opened in 1996 by Betty Boothroyd, Speaker of the House of Commons from 1992 to 2000.
We are currently in the process of building a further 21 homes on our land, bringing to 53 the total number of high quality, affordable almshouse units managed by the charity.
We also own the 6 acres of land adjacent to the almshouses. This comprises allotments, woodland, grassland, a community garden and orchard – with footpaths and benches for public use.
The Charities also provide grants and make donations in support of local organisations and good causes.
Our most recent annual report may be downloaded here.
What is an almshouse anyway? See the Almshouse Association’s definition.
*The Parochial Charities was established in 1890 by the merging of three pre-existing charities: Town Lands and Town Houses; John More’s Charity, founded 1705; Lettice Martin’s Charity, founded 1562. Below are the original Charity Commission deeds from 1890 and 1973.
|Dr Sarah Rann||Chair of Trustees. NHS England and ex-Great Shelford GP|
|Brian Connellan||Deputy Chair. Point of contact for the new development|
|Jaspaul Hill MBE||Trustee. Ex-headteacher and Ofsted inspector|
|Mary Lester||Clerk to the Trustees|
|Michael Pooles QC||Trustee. Barrister|
|Dr Keith Sugden||Trustee. Point of contact for the allotments, community garden and open land|
|Simon White||Trustee and treasurer. Chartered Accountant|