A large crowd gathered in All Saints Square to welcome the Prince as he arrived by car at the entrance to the Almshouse. He was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire and his wife, the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, her consort, the Chair and Chief Executive of the Almshouse Association, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Hospital and Sermon Charity and the Clerk to the Charity. The Prince received a short tour of one of the Almshouse flats before meeting the Trustees and other guests in the Governors Hall. The residents enjoyed tea and cakes in the Residents Lounge where he joined them, moving from table to table so that everyone could enjoy his company. He was presented with gifts including a water colour painting of the Almshouse by local artist David Kearney, and a book about Nicholas Chamberlaine written by local historian John Burton. After signing the Visitors Book the Prince planted a Whitebeam tree using the same spade that his Great-Uncle Edward had used in 1934 to plant a still thriving Oak. The Prince acknowledged the crowd before being whisked away to his next appointment in Nuneaton, ending a highly successful visit to the historic and iconic Almshouses, its residents, staff and Trustees.

We are most grateful to Dean Wainwright for giving us permission to use his photographs from the occasion.

 

Diana (left) with her sisters Jean (centre) and Barbara (right)

Bedworth Almshouse was alive with stories, songs and laughter when local lass Diana Butler entertained a large and appreciative audience in January 2020. Her talk entitled “From Bedworth to London” took her listeners on a journey that began with a young Diana discovering an early talent for performance and music. Diana was a pupil at Nicholas Chamberlaine School and after A levels was awarded a place at the Royal Academy of Music. She went on to perform as a pianist and as a singer in major London venues and in many parts of the world. Diana interspersed her talk with a variety of piano excerpts encouraging her audience to join in the songs  and she ended with a patriotic “We’ll Meet Again.”  The audience comprised members of several Bedworth Churches, as well as Almshouse residents, and members of Diana's family including sisters Jean (centre) and Barbara (right).  

Over £300 was raised for Cancer Research UK. 

The Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth visited the Almshouses on July 2 to join residents and members of the public for their monthly coffee morning. Mrs. June Tandy was welcomed by Trustees and by Matthew White Clerk of the Hospital and Sermon Charity.(See pic)
Mrs Andrea Cobb, a residents representative, presented a cheque for £160 to the Mayor for her Appeal; a Serenity garden at the George Eliot Hospital for stroke patients and for those suffering with dementia.

 

Glorious sunshine greeted over 1,000 Bedworth children as they arrived at the historic Almshouses.

The weather was in stark contrast to that of 2018 when the event was held in three separate School halls because of heavy rain.

Guests, residents, Trustees, parents and members of the public gathered in the Quadrangle for a service of prayers and songs conducted by the Rev. Dave Poultney, Rector of All Saints Church, Bedworth with a talk given by Mrs. Kay Orton.

Among the guests were Rose Lady Daventry, Patron of the Nicholas Chamberlaine Trusts, Simon Miesegaes, High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Mrs. Clare Sawdon former High Sheriff, Mrs. June Tandy  newly elected Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Deputy Mayor Councillor Bill Hancox, and Craig Tracey Member of Parliament.

Fruit buns were distributed to the children and also to members of the public. Our photographs, courtesy of John Burton, help to tell the story of a very happy event.

Mayor and deputy with pupilsMayorVIPs share the actionsMore Canons pupils with bunsWelcome from residents in old uniforms

If you cherish your independence, but want to be a part of a community, the Almshouses may be the perfect choice for you. The Almshouses in All Saint Square, Bedworth offer modern accommodation in a range of sizes suitable for individuals or couples. See Becoming a Resident for how to apply or visit our Almshouses page for more details on the facilities available.