Hastings Consolidated Charity dates back to the 16th Century being a
consolidation of various local charities founded at different times principally
to help the poor and needy. The Charity now manages and maintains a row of
Almshouses in the village located just around the corner from the historic All
were completely refurbished in 1980/81 having been condemned as uninhabitable
during the 1970s. There are now 8 self-contained flats, 4 on the ground floor
and floor on the first floor with each flat comprising a bedroom, living room,
galley kitchen plus bathroom with toilet and electric shower together with
additional storage space . The Almshouses boiler has just been replaced as
phase one of a major heating system upgrade with phase two due to be completed
in Spring 2015.
The Flats are
suitable for either single or double person occupation although as a matter of
policy, due to the layout and configuration of the property, the Charity does
not allow children to reside in the flats. Larger pets such as cats and dogs
are not permitted either.
are designed for “independent living”, because the Charity does not provide any
care and support services. Residents therefore must be able to look after
themselves or do so with the support of their family and /or specialist care
packages which they or their relatives have arranged. Whilst the Charity holds
regular Residents’ meetings, publishes a quarterly Residents’ Newsletter and
organises other social events, primarily its function is to maintain and
preserve the Almshouses for the benefit of existing and future Residents.
For those not
familiar with Leamington Hastings, the Almshouses are located in a very
tranquil and rural setting with no local facilities (i.e. shops, pub etc) actually
in the Village itself. There is a bus service and the Village is close to
Dunchurch and Rugby where such facilities are available. Residents therefore do
need access either to their own transport or that of others to enable them to
go shopping and so on. There is however a good community spirit with Residents
looking out for each other and offering help as appropriate.
rules require that first and foremost, it houses people with a “local
connection”, with this definition extending to Dunchurch, Southam and Rugby
taking in all surrounding villages and hamlets. Residents must also satisfy
other “proper beneficiary” criteria.
In common with
all other Almshouses, as beneficiaries of the Charity, Residents do not sign a
lease but instead Terms of Residence which set out the basis of the relationship
between themselves and the Charity.
Terms of Residence are adhered to, Residents can remain in occupation for as
long as they choose or until their own personal circumstances dictate
Residents pay a
monthly Maintenance Services Contribution which covers their heating and hot
water supply plus communal facilities such as the Residents’ lounge, laundry
and other communal facilities including grounds maintenance.
maintains a Waiting List but there is currently a vacancy at the
Almshouses please see the information below.
The Charity is
run by a small group of Trustees who give their services and time for free and
they are supported day to day by Mike Stevens as Clerk.
Doris Goode MBE
information about either the Charity or the Almshouses, please contact:
Mike Stevens, Clerk
to the Trustees on 01926 832440 or write to him at 37 Freemans Close,
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 6EZ