Newly renovated apartment for the “old and needy” available for rent

A RECENTLY renovated first floor almshouse apartment at The Smedley Home in Wisbech has become available for rent - and couples interested in moving in are being invited to apply.

The S W Smedley Charitable Trust, which currently has 19 almshouses for “old and needy persons”, is also starting to build four more new housing units.

Chairman of the Trustees, Michael Smedley, said: “The charity as set up with money left by my grandfather Mr. S.W.Smedley. He started his business in Wisbech, as a Fruit and Vegetable merchant, a hundred years ago.

“He bought the Lynn Road factory site that bore his name in 1925 and then started, with local farmers S.Shippey and J.Woodrow, a new food processing company Wisbech Produce Canners, which later changed its name to Smedley’s Ltd.

Earlier this year, the charity obtained planning permission to build another 11 units on new land they have acquired next to the existing Smedley Homes in West Street Wisbech. This will be done in two phases, and the first four unit are due to be completed next summer.

The newly renovated apartment was previously occupied by the warden. Couples, preferably over the age of 60 and able to climb stairs, can apply to rent the property by applying to: The Warden, Smedley Homes, West Street, Wisbech PE13 2QY.