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Wrays Homes celebrate 100th birthday

Published 5 August 2015

Residents, trustees and guests of the almshouse charity, Wrays Homes, in Ossett celebrated the building’s 100th birthday recently with a garden party.

Representatives from WDH, the Mayor of Wakefield Councillor June Cliffe and Hemsworth Councillor Sandra Pickin also attended the event at the properties on Leeds Road.

The almshouse properties were built in 1915 and have been managed by WDH since 2007, taking responsibility for repairs and their general maintenance. The properties provide charitable housing for female residents who meet specific criteria.  

Hemsworth Councillor Sandra Pickin, the previous Mayor of Wakefield, made the celebration event possible thanks to a contribution to the trustees, enabling them to host the garden party.

Daphne Walker, chair of trustees for Wrays Homes, said: “Wrays Homes has been part of the local community for a long time, fulfilling a need for smaller homes. It really is unique to Ossett, and has changed with the times. Originally there were six units but now there are four. More recently new kitchens and bathrooms have been fitted.”

Elaine Beecher, WDH Business Planning Officer, said: “The event was really well supported and attended. Everyone had a lovely time discussing the building’s history.  Wrays Homes is a part of Ossett’s cultural history and we’re delighted to be involved in its upkeep.”

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