Mayor serves up a slice of history

A slice of history was served up to nine residents of a Winterbourne Almshouse when Metro Mayor Dan Norris cut a cake to celebrate a remarkable 170th birthday.

The Perry Almshouses in Winterbourne have been providing accommodation to local people since 1851 and so, 170 years on, staff there organised a birthday party, asking the Metro Mayor along to perform cake-cutting duties.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “It’s amazing to reflect how the Perry Almshouses have served the Winterbourne community for so many generations, and the 170th birthday party was 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.”

Perry Almshouses have been held in Trust since 1851 and have provided accommodation for 170 years. They were named “The Perry Almshouses” by Mary Anne Jones, as a mark of respect to her family: her grandfather William Perry (‘Squire Perry’) 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. Over 30,000 people in the UK currently live in almshouses, finding friendships, wellbeing, safety and security.

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