IT’S all change at Municipal Charities in Stratford.
The charity has 46 properties across five alms-houses in the town – the John Roberts Almshouses, Shakespeare Court, The Guild Cottages, Mary Newlands Almshouses and St Josephs Homestead.
Municipal Charities provides help to individuals and families in hardship. In 2019 its Relief in Need Charity gave out grants of more than £87,000.
The charity will also consider applications from organisations which want to fund specific projects or initiatives which fit the charity’s criteria.
John Loscombe has retired as Clerk but continues as the Finance Officer, while current Grants Officer and Deputy Clerk Doug Evans has been appointed as Clerk.
The trustees have also appointed William Clemmey as Chief Officer.
Charity Chairman Mo Lancaster said: “We are really grateful to John for all the work he has done for the Municipal Charities since he joined us in February 2018 and we are pleased that he is continuing with us as Finance Officer. We welcome William Clemmey joining us since he has many years’ experience of running charities. Together with the staff team of Doug, John, Jess and Verney we are looking forward to exciting times ahead”
William was looking forward to the challenge.
He said: “I am excited to be working with the Municipal Charities trustees and staff and hope to get to know residents in our 46 almshouse properties the first of which were built in 1417.
“It is great to know that through the Relief in Need charity we can support the poor and vulnerable in Stratford. I am hoping that if people know of anybody in Stratford who needs our support or if you would like to donate towards this great local cause then you will get in touch with Doug Evans our Clerk and Grants Officer on [email protected], 07539 459210
Visit www.municipal-charities.org.uk for more information.