Shrewsbury’s MP secures meeting with Government Minster for Shrewsbury Drapers.

A charity that has run Almhouses in Shrewsbury since 1444 today met with a Government Minister to advise of their expertise in the sector whilst lobbying for better regulations and provisions for Almshouses.

The charitable work of the Drapers has been continuous since 1444 when they established almshouses for widows and spinsters who received money, fuel and clothing from the Company. The first group of thirteen timber-framed cottages, a common hall and warden’s house, were built in the churchyard facing St Mary’s Street, then known as ‘Ox Lane’.

Today, they manage the Almshouses at Holy Cross, the site of which is adjacent to Shrewsbury Abbey, which serve the elderly or disadvantaged and includes amenities like bowling greens and a social club. After visiting the Almshouses, and seeing their plans for the redeveloping the site, Shrewsbury’s MP Daniel Kawczynski was so impressed with their work that he secured a meeting for them with the Government Minister for Housing, Rt Hon Don Foster MP. The meeting discussed the current funding arrangements in place for Almshouse development, the externalities for residents of Almshouses and a review of current Government legislation with regards to the construction sector.

Daniel said after the meeting ‘ Almshouses play a huge role in supporting some of the most elderly and vulnerable people not only in Shrewsbury but all over the country. The Shrewsbury Drapers company do outstanding work in the town through their Almshouses and I was keen they pass on their informed views onto the Government.

The Minister was as impressed with them as I was and asked the Drapers company to write to him, expanding on further points raised in the meeting. This is real acknowledgement of their expertise and I would like to commend Richard Clowes and Andrew Cross of the Shrewsbury Drapers for their knowledge and hard work which benefits some of my most elderly and vulnerable constituents.’

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