Charity column: Helping those in need of housing in the Harborough area

As part of a regular column for the Harborough Mail, the Market Harborough and the Bowdens Charity writes about its work in the district. This week, the charity talks about an important local issue - housing

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 11:10 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 11:12 am
The Market Harborough and the Bowdens Charity has been supplied almshouses for many years.

This year the Market Harborough and Bowdens Charity (MHBC) will be 450 years old.

More precisely, some parts of the various charities that now make up the organisation can trace their origins back that far, as there are documents dated from 1570. The documents in question include the fact that, at that time, the charity had seven houses.

We know that providing housing is very much part of our heritage and continues to be an important aspect of the work of MHBC to this day. We own 14 homes at Scotland End on

The Market Harborough and the Bowdens Charity has been supplied almshouses for many years.

Scotland Road in Little Bowden. Known traditionally as ‘almshouses’, these houses and flats are available for residents of Great Bowden, Little Bowden and Market Harborough.

Residents are charged a Weekly Maintenance Contribution which is reviewed annually.

This modern accommodation benefits from ‘elderly friendly’ layouts, equipment and fittings including stair lifts, walk-in showers and security and emergency call systems. However, the

almshouses are designed for independent living and have no warden control facilities on site.

There is a waiting list for accommodation at the almhouses, but if you are interested or know someone who might qualify, you can contact us on 01858 419128 or find out more

information on our website on the page about the almshouses. For those who want to join the waiting list, there is a form to fill in which can be downloaded from the website.

2020 will be another busy year for Market Harborough and the Bowdens Charity. We aim to be there for individuals of all ages and can help to support local events and organisations.

Our only restriction is that we can only provide support in Great Bowden, Little Bowden and Market Harborough.

We are particularly keen to receive applications for projects addressing health needs in Harborough, but we can also provide support for the arts, local heritage, sports, and

individuals in need among other things.

You can find out more on our website at, by following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, by emailing [email protected], or by ringing 01858 419128.