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Memories of Bodmin's Athelstan House evoked with charity donation set for Monday

By CGMikeS  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

By Mike Smallcombe

Memories of Bodmin's Athelstan House evoked - cheque presentation to be held next week

Athelstan House staff in the early 1980’s, including Margaret Hammond, officer in charge, third from left.

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PRESENTATIONS will be made to various local charities next week from funds left in trust to the Friends of Athelstan House after the home’s closure last month.

Athelstan House opened in 1966 and became an important part of the Bodmin community, but in November its 14 residents were given four weeks to find new homes.

Cornwall Care, the charity that ran Athelstan, said there was no longer demand for the service it provided there because it has had no referrals of new residents for six months.

This week former Athelstan House manager Margaret Hammond and League of Friends member Diane Hick said fond memories of the home will remain in the hearts of many.

“Athelstan House was for 47 years a great asset to Bodmin and its community and as both a residential home for the elderly plus a bustling day centre, a real hub of the town,” Mrs Hick said.

“The League of Friends (established in 1968) worked tirelessly to provide funds for the enhancement of residents and clients experience in Athelstan.

“Athelstan’s role in the town was greatly enhanced when the day care centre was built adjoining the main building in 1989; it became a hub of activity providing much more than residential care.

“Chris Purser organised and made every effort to ensure clients participated in and supported many events in and near Bodmin as he continues to do now with Bodmin and District Horizon Club.”

The presentations will be held on Monday at the Masons Arms on Higher Bore Street at 7pm and Margaret Hammond, who was in charge at Athelstan for over 20 years until her retirement in 2003, said the home was full of life and buzzing with energy.

“Everyone entering the building was made to feel that little bit special, there was a great deal of laughter as well as the more sad occasions, shared with equal measure,” Mrs Hammond said.

“Countless people have been involved in the evolution of this excellent place and fond memories of Athelstan will remain in the hearts of many.”

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