Ellard-Hanson Court – the Worcestershire Masonic Home
One of the Province’s major assets is the Worcestershire Masonic Home at 94 Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, which provides sheltered accommodation for elderly Worcestershire Freemasons and their dependents.
Comprising 14 spacious self-contained flats, the Home offers secure and comfortable living for those who have chosen to move to communal facilities. They include a garden, residents’ lounge, guest flat and other facilities of a very high standard. A Warden, Jackie Freeth, resides on the premises and is responsible for the welfare and well-being of all who live there.
The late R.Wor.Bro.E F Hanson, the then Provincial Grand Master, conceived the idea of providing the Home in the mid-1980s. Worcestershire Freemasons responded generously to an appeal to raise funds for the purchase and conversion of the building. Grand Charity donated £250,000 from the Harry Ellard Fund which, together with a similar amount raised in the Province, enabled the project to be completed. The first residents were received in 1988.
The Home is part of the Worcestershire Masonic Charity Organisation and is run by a Board of Management, chaired by W.Bro. George Barrow. The Board is responsible to the Trustees of WMCO.
The Home is completely self-sufficient financially and requires no funding from WMCO or any outside bodies. Over the years, the Board have carried out regular re-furbishment programmes to maintain the Home to the highest standards.
Applications for accommodation are welcomed from Worcestershire Freemasons, and names are placed on a waiting list until accommodation becomes available. If you are interested in applying, please write to the Secretary to the Board, George Barrow, c/o 94 Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 0DL. The rents charged for the Flats are very reasonable and full details will be provided on request.