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The official opening of Barstaple Almshouse and Day Centre in Brentry

Bristol Charities welcomed a visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, to officially open its new Barstaple Almshouse and Day Centre in Brentry on Monday 1st June 2015.

Princess Anne was given a guided tour of the specially designed Sheltered Housing Flats for older people and visited a resident, Mrs Tamasi, in her home.

She then viewed the Day Centre which provides a place for older people from the local area to relax, socialise and learn new skills. 

Watched by staff, Trustees, residents, service users and guests, she unveiled a plaque marking the official opening of the project following a welcome speech by Andrew Hillman, Chairman of Trustees of Bristol Charities.

Earlier, Princess Anne saw the specially designed Snoezelen Room.  This room provides a range of sensory stimulation  using lighting, colour, sounds, music and aromas.

Guests on the day included Mrs Mary Prior MBE DStJ JP, Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol (and Patron of Bristol Charities), Dr Ros Kennedy, High Sheriff of Bristol (and Trustee of Bristol Charities), Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, The Lord Mayor of Bristol and Mr Ian Campion-Smith, The Lord Mayor’s consort. The architects of the building, Alec French Architects, were also in attendance.

The Royal visit caps a busy few years for Bristol Charities which completed the Barstaple Almshouse in the Spring of 2014 and another scheme in Monmouthshire several months earlier. Barstaple Almshouse and Day Centre recently also received the LABC Building Excellence Award 2015.

Chief Executive, Anne Anketell, said that the Royal visit was a real morale booster for Bristol Charities as it comes at a time when the Charity begins a strategy which will see its provision of excellent quality accommodation for older people significantly increase over the next few years. 

Below, from left to right: Anne Anketell (Chief Executive), Andrew Hillman (Chairman of Trustees) and Mrs Mary Prior MBE DStJ JP (Patron of Bristol Charities and Lord-Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol).

Press coverage:

The Almshouses Gazette, issue 240 Autumn 2015: click here