Our next event is on Wednesday 20th March, at 7.30 in the LW Parish Room, when Sarah Doig will tell us the story of East Anglian Almshouses.
Beginning with the monks in the Middle Ages, there has been an obligation on Christians to look after the less fortunate, whether they old, ill or disabled. After the dissolution of the monasteries, Elizabethan gentlemen led the way in providing accommodation and funds for the deserving poor on their estates.
In 1853, the Charity Commission was founded and formalised the running of almshouses; surprisingly there are still some 2,600 almshouses and 30,000 dwellings today which house 36,000 people.
LWHS events are open to all, young or old, members or not, and if you like history, whether recent, ancient or somewhere in between, then you will enjoy our talks. Just £4.00 (or £2.00 if a member), gives access to presentations lasting about an hour, which are followed by tea/coffee, plus biscuits, in the company of like minded individuals. For tickets please contact one of the following, or simply turn up on the night: Sue Sheppard on 01787 247980, or Diana Langford on 01787 248298