C J Gallard’s Almshouses Redevelopment Celebration,12th June, 2013
The Lord- Lieutenant unveiled a stone commemorating the completion of the redevelopment of the C J Gallard’s Almshouses in Southborough, Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday 12th June.
The almshouses, first occupied on 23rd October 1912, provide affordable homes for elderly, needy, local people and have been extended and modernised to make them fit for the 21st century at a cost of some £2.3m. The project included 6 additional flats so that there are now 25 in total, all having a living room with fully fitted kitchen area, one bedroom and a fitted shower room with toilet (level-entrance wet rooms in the six new flats), with gas-fired boilers for central heating and hot water. In addition there are two new communal function rooms, one of which doubles as an overnight room for residents’ guests, and two new lifts servicing 8 of the first floor flats.
The almshouses are a registered charity run by 8 trustees who give their services voluntarily and their aim is to help the residents live independently as long as possible within their own community. The homes are offered in a setting that allows residents to come and go as they please and they are encouraged to make friends, sharing in a social life through use of the communal facilities.
The celebration included tours of the almshouses and a buffet lunch and was much enjoyed by all notwithstanding the weather.