Winterbourne almshouses celebrate 170th birthday
RESIDENTS and trustees of Winterbourne's Perry Almshouses threw a party to celebrate the landmark's 170th birthday.
The Grade II listed almshouses in Dragon Road (below) were built for those in need in the ancient parish of Winterbourne thanks to a donation by Mary Anne Jones, who named them after her grandfather, the local squire, William Perry, who had previously owned and occupied the land.
Almshouses offer community housing which is held in trust for local people, and managed by charities made up of local volunteers.
To celebrate the anniversary, and to also mark the 75th anniversary of the Almshouse Association, a garden party was held in the grounds with the nine residents joined by guests including Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dee Russell-Thomas, who planted a commemorative hawthorn tree, MP Jack Lopresti, who installed a plaque, and West of England Metro Mayor Dan Norris, who cut a celebratory cake with the almshouses' longest-standing resident, Monica Cannings, who has lived there since 1990.
Mr Norris (pictured below with Monica Cannings) said: “It’s amazing to reflect how the Perry Almshouses have served the Winterbourne community for so many generations, and the 170th birthday party is a fitting way to celebrate this achievement.
“Having grown up in Winterbourne I know how these magnificent buildings are a local landmark – a proud part of the area’s history. Long may they continue to thrive and provide an important service to the community.”
Main picture: Monica Cannings, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dee Russell-Thomas, guest Jeanette Climmer and resident Janet Saunders