Under our "scheme" we have "nine competent trustees". Five of these are nominated, each for a four-year term (two by Richmond-upon-Thames Council, two by the Churches Together in Barnes and one by Richmond Council for Voluntary Service) and the other four are co-opted, each for a five-year period, from among local residents. Trustees can be appointed for a second term but it is accepted practice that they do not accept a third term.
Trustees meet every alternate month to consider grant applications and the governance of Walsingham Lodge. Before each meeting, the Director, where appropriate, will contact the Applicant Organisation (or the Referral Authority in the case of Individuals) to discuss the nature of the application. A full assessment of each application will then be circulated to Trustees for consideration in advance of their Meeting. The quorum for meetings is four and sub-committees are set up when necessary.
The day to day management of Walsingham Lodge is undertaken by an external agent, Crown Simmons Housing experts in their field.
The Fund has received a few generous gifts over the years from local residents who have wanted to make a contribution for the benefit of Barnes, both in the form of donations and legacies. These contributions are applied to the Charity's permanent endowment so that the income will be available to benefit many future generations.
Caroline Kelsall retired in 2010 from a career in social work with Hammersmith and Fulham Council specialising in Adult Social Care, latterly with particular responsibility for safeguarding adults. She practised social work in Vancouver Hospital when she relocated to Canada for two years and also undertook voluntary work. She is a committee member of the Barnes Literary Society. She has lived in Barnes for 34 years with her husband; her two grown up daughters live nearby.
John Story is a Chartered Surveyor who has worked in the property industry most of his life. He was in private practice in England and in Australia for many years. He then spent over 25 years with a multi-national company dealing with property matters. For the last eight years, the focus has been mainly on education. He is the Course Leader on a Master's Course in property investment, chair of various education committees and a governor of a group of independent schools. He has lived in Barnes for 20 years. He is married with three grown up children, all of whom played rugby (at minis level) for Rosslyn Park FC.
Luke Tegner finally moved to Barnes in 2015, having been an enthusiastic and regular visitor to the parish from Hammersmith, where he was born and had lived for the previous 17 years. Married with two teenage children, both of whom represent Barnes sports teams and one of whom attends a local school, Luke is the marketing director of a West End wine & spirits merchant. He plays football for St Osmundís School Dadsí team, squash at Barnes Sports Club, sings in the Barnes Community Choir, enjoys the multitude of local pubs and cannot quite comprehend why it took him so long to become resident.
Debbie Ferreira is married with two children and has lived in Barnes for 9 years. After ten years working for a Scandinavian stockbroker, Debbie changed career studying Interior Design and has been working part-time for the last 16 years for a small London based property developer as well as some private consultancy work. She is a member of Holy Trinity Barnes.
Michael Murison is married with four children. He has lived in Barnes for 26 years. He had a long career in various telecoms companies and a few years as a finance manager in a local authority before retiring in 2008. He is an active member of St Mary's Church.
Paul Hodgins has lived in Barnes for over ten years. He is married with three children, all of whom have been raised in Barnes. Paul has been a Councillor for Barnes since 2006, and is currently Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Schools at Richmond Council. In his role as Councillor, he has been active in and worked with various Barnes organisations. Paul graduated in Electrical Engineering in Canada and subsequently from the London Business School, and over the years has worked in the Consumer Electronics and Telecoms industries.
Sarah Wilson has lived in Barnes for eleven years, with her husband and two sons. Following a career as an economist and then a financial regulator, she moved a few years ago to work in international development and held senior positions at Save the Children and then VSO. Alongside doing some freelance consulting, she is a member of the Audit Committee at Newnham College, Cambridge and a Trustee at the London Early Years Foundation.
Carolyn Rampton and her husband have lived in Barnes for nearly 50 years and their three children were brought up locally and went to local schools. She was the Manager of Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau for 15 years until the late 1990s when she started a whole new career in Parliament, ending up as the Head of Office for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. She is the proud grandmother of seven grandaughters, all of whom live nearby.
After working for the Crown Prosecution Service, Miranda qualified as a Solicitor, joining a City law firm and practising litigation. She left to bring up her two young children, enjoying the opportunity to spend time locally, volunteering and fundraising for the children's schools. Miranda joined the Barnes Workhouse Fund in 2003, managing the charity since then, introducing a more technological approach and bringing in the practices and procedures that the Fund follows today. Miranda and her husband have lived in Richmond for more than twenty-five years.
The Trustees of the Walsingham Lodge Trust are rightly proud of their almshouse accommodation for older people, set in large, established gardens in the heart of Barnes. The accommodation is managed by Crown Simmons Housing, sheltered housing managers who are registered with the Homes & Communities Agency and the National Housing Federation . The development consists of Walsingham Lodge which has 18 self contained flats (10 two bedroom and 8 one bedroom) and Berkeley Road which has 15 bungalows and 5 leasehold bungalows. There are also a range of communal facilities such as laundry, guest room, and residentsí lounge. A Housing Services Officer is on duty for 20 hours per week, to oversee the management, safety and security at the Scheme, supporting residentsí continued independence in their own home.
Briefly, the accommodation houses those aged 60 or more and retired from full time work, or disabled persons, and in either case, residents should have a clear need for sheltered housing. You must be an established resident of SW13 which means that you must be able to demonstrate that you are not a temporary resident or a recent resident for convenience. There are particular criteria to be met regarding your income and assets. A full explanation of the eligibility criteria is available from:-Crown Simmons Housing
Tel: 01372 461440
Or the Housing Services Officer at Walsingham Lodge, Tel: 020 8741 8148
If you think you meet the basic criteria and wish to be considered for housing, you will find an online application form for you to complete on the Crown Simmons website and the address is given below.