Tradition of handing out bread to almshouse residents continues in Stratford - The Stratford Observer

Tradition of handing out bread to almshouse residents continues in Stratford

Philippa Mingins 19th May, 2023 Updated: 24th May, 2023   0

THE TRADITION of donating bread to almshouse residents has been revived in Stratford.

Stratford mayor Coun Gill Cleeve undertook the traditional Richard Smith for Bread donation, revived last year after not being undertaken since the 1950s.

She said: “Municipal Charities do a marvellous job of providing accommodation for 47 residents in their almshouses and it’s great to be able to continue this ancient tradition of giving out bread from the Richard Smith charity for Bread.”

Richard Smith left money in his will of 1695 for the distribution of bread to 18 poor people. This has subsequently become a donation of £30 from the Governors of King Edward VI Grammar School.

Chief officer William Clemmey continued: “We are grateful to Mor Bakery for providing the bread for the revival of this tradition. We offer our residents housing as well as grants at Christmas and Easter together with a range of outings throughout the year. If you know anyone who would like to become a resident then do get in touch.”

Anyone wishing to become a resident should email [email protected] or visit


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