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St Giles Almshouses celebrates refurbishment

The Fourth of July was not just Independence Day, it was the perfect balmy afternoon for St Giles Almshouses to host their annual Summer Tea Party in their communal gardens – an oasis of quiet in the heart of Central London.

This year local politicians and partners, as well as residents and Trustees, were invited to celebrate the recent refurbishment of 6 of the 8 almshouse flats.  Attendees were invited to view two vacant flats – a spacious one-bedroom flat and a studio flat. The flats have been fitted out with new kitchen including all appliances, new bathroom with walk-in shower, new flooring and blinds and complete redecoration.  Envy was certainly the order of the day with the newly spruced-up flats being of a higher standard than most visitor’s living accommodation.

After initial drinks the Reverend Alan Carr (Rector of St-Giles-in-the-Fields and Chair of the charity) welcomed one and all.  On behalf of the Trustees he expressed thanks to everyone involved for all their hard work and the successful upgrade, in particular Mary Swift of Harrison Housing, and Hazel Capper, the Clerk to the Trustees, who managed the project between them. It was certainly smiles all round and together with the excellent catering, there was much to celebrate as the legacy continues.

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