This is a pivotal time for the Taunton Heritage Trust as we are embarking on an ambitious project to develop an important town-centre site to provide additional almshouse accommodation and replacement offices for our Staff. This will confirm our place as a local housing provider well into the twenty first century. We are looking for dynamic and dedicated individuals to serve as Trustees, who share the ethos of our almshouse charity and want to get involved.
If you feel you have something to offer and in return would enjoy the challenge of working with people from all walks of life with a common goal, we would love to hear from you.
Get in touch with Karen White, our Chief Officer for an informal chat or request an application pack. Chiefofficer@tauntonheritagetrust.org.uk 01823 335348
Christmas visit from the Mayor
12th December 2019
A lovely visit by our Patron, the Mayor, to give out alms gifts to our Residents for Christmas. The Mayor is pictured with some of our Trustees and the Chief Officer at a reception to thank all our professional advisors for their valuable help over the past year.
Christmas is coming!!!
11th December 2019
We had our Residents Christmas party at Somerset County Cricket Club on Monday 9th December 2019. The party was attended by our Residents, staff, Trustees and the Mayor. Everyone who came had such a good time. We all really enjoyed the delicious 3 courses of Christmas dinner. This was followed by a raffle and lots of singing and dancing!!
An interesting piece on Taunton Heritage Trust by Jonathan Rhind Architects:
THT have several almshouses in the centre of Taunton already, such as Bernard Taylor
Of THT’s existing almshouses, Grays has the lowest maintenance costs because of its simple form and solid building materials, which informed the brief for the new building
As well as accommodation all THT almshouses, such as Huish Homes, have communal gardens and community rooms for resident
Jonathan Rhind Architects are delighted to have been commissioned by the Taunton Heritage Trust (THT) to design and build a new almshouse in the centre of Taunton.
The Taunton Heritage Trust is a charity which provides housing for the over 60s who are in need. The properties they manage provide secure housing for people who want and are able to live alone, but with the benefit of additional support.
Almshouses in Britain date back to the 10th Century, when they were generally run by religious orders for the benefit of the sick and elderly. With the dissolution of the monasteries many almshouses were also lost. The urbanisation of work in the Georgian and Victorian eras lead to an upsurge in the building of almshouses by wealthy philanthropists to counter the appalling conditions in workhouses, and the result is many of the historic almshouse buildings that we see in towns and cities today.
The Taunton Heritage Trust run several almshouses which are based in such historic properties. With full occupancy and a waiting list for places the Charity is in need of more accommodation to deal with the increase in demand. In 2018 the Trust purchased a site in the centre of Taunton for more housing and new offices to accommodate the increasing requirement.
Jonathan Rhind Architects were one of four firms of Architects who were approached to submit designs for the proposed site and were delighted to win against stiff competition with a design which was the best fit for the site as well as being a lasting piece of architecture which will become an important part of Taunton’s heritage.
The project had a positive response when presented to the Southwest Design Review Panel and is currently in consultation with the local community and Somerset West and Taunton Council. It is important to the THT that the building respects its surroundings as well as meeting the needs of its residents. The new almshouse will have both one and two person flats, lift access for those with mobility issues, as well as a communal garden, community meeting rooms and improved offices for the Trust.
Karen White, Chief Officer of the THT said ‘The Trust is custodian to some important heritage buildings which are maintained to a very high standard and we feel [this] development opportunity… will complement our existing portfolio and ensure that the Trust remains relevant as a housing provider well into the twenty first century and beyond.’
Jonathan Rhind Architects are excited to be collaborating on a project which will have a positive social impact as well as contributing an important architectural design to the heart of Taunton town centre.
We will be posting more updates as this exciting project progresses, so watch this space.
Heritage Open Day at Grays Almshouses on 14th September 2019
We had a very busy time showing people around our Grays Almshouses as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme.
We were so grateful to the Staff, Trustees and our Patron the Mayor of Taunton for giving up their time to help. A massive thank you to our three lovely Residents who showed people inside their flats.
For more information about the Heritage Open Day scheme please visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Staff members Laura & Jan busy in the chapel Our Residents: Jan, Rob & George who kindly showed visitors their flats.
Our Patron the Mayor of Taunton helped out by showing visitors around.
Residents Summer Outing to Sidmouth – 14th June 2019
We returned to Sidmouth for our annual Summer trip on Friday 14th June. We were really lucky with the weather as it stayed dry for us and the sun even made a little appearance.
The Residents had a lovely time at the Hotel which is in an excellent location with stunning views of the sea.
The staff were really welcoming and friendly and all who attended felt well looked after.
The lunch served was really lovely, especially the amazing desserts!