2018/19 has proved to be a very busy year beginning with the aftermath of the disastrous flooding of cottages 6 & 7 due to a burst pipe, causing considerable damage. There was a long period of drying out, together with negotiations with the insurers, all of which took quite a long time. The work covered by insurance has now been completed and listed building consent for substantial renovation work is being sought from Stratford District Council. This is proving to be a slow process but progress is being made. It is anticipated that these properties will be available for rent about September 2019.

The Trust commissioned a Maintenance Inspection Report covering all but the above two properties. This produced a number of recommendations which will be followed up. There were no serious problems found and all properties exceeded the Government’s Decent Homes Standard.

The garden area, including associated hedges and ditch, has been well maintained and this, coupled with work on the properties, has been done as far as possible by local tradesmen who look after the Trust very well.

The Trust has continued to provide shopping vouchers to parishioners of seventy years of age and over which elicited many letters and cards of appreciation. The shopping bus is still running into Redditch on a weekly basis and is well used. This enables those without transport to access Banks and Post Offices etc. as well as the social aspect of meeting up with old friends for a coffee. Lifelines are also being provided to a number of vulnerable people.

There has been less demand this year for student and other grants but the Trust has continued to support the two Air Ambulance Services which cover our area, the Myton and Shakespeare Hospices and the Friends of the Alexandra Hospital.

During the year there have been two changes of tenancy which still leaves a number of qualifying people on the waiting list.

My fellow trustees have given substantial support throughout the year and our warden has been keeping a watching brief on both properties and tenants for which I wish to offer my grateful thanks.

David Shaw