A five-year project to refurbish some of Leyland’s oldest homes is almost complete.
A number of almshouses in Fox Lane and Forestway, which were built after a wealthy benefactor left some money to help the ‘poor of the township of Leyland’ in 1665, have undergone refurbishment work in recent years to bring them up to modern day standards.
The Osbaldeston Trust, which was set up to handle the funds left by John Osbaldeston in his will, has spent over £400,000 on the project with the help of a loan of £110,00 from The Charity Bank and a grant of £50,000 from South Ribble Council.
Chris Marsden, Russell Atkinson, Ron Gates and Martin Sawle all have strong connections with Leyland and became trustees in 2008 as the previous members retired.
Mr Marsden said: “The Osbaldeston almshouses are historical to Leyland and are right at the heart of the community.
“We are committed to ensuring that they remain a firm part of the local tradition.”
They said it became apparent that work was needed on the 12 houses – 10 of which are occupied – to bring them up to present-day expectations.
The homes have now been fitted with new gas central heating, new kitchens, bathrooms including wet rooms, and insulation, and have been redecorated and carpeted throughout.
The finishing touches are being made to the final properties, and completion of the whole project is expected next month.
Mr Marsden said: “It is likely that two properties will be available in the near future and the trustees would like to hear from anyone who would like to be considered for an almshouse.
“Applicants should be any needy persons of good character, aged 60 and over and retired (or approaching retirement), living in modest circumstances and who are currently long term residents in (or have strong links with) the township of Leyland (including Farington) and (whether for reasons of inappropriate existing home circumstances or surroundings, financial need, or otherwise) will benefit from living in an almshouse environment.”
For an application form contact Mr Marsden on 07811 660454.