Chairman Bill Piner retires
Bill Piner stepped down as Chairman on 22 October 2019 after 23 years in the role. He has led the Charity through major changes over the years, culminating in the building of the new flats at Mabel Luke Place. He will be greatly missed by residents and the Directors but his legacy lives on.
Sue Farrant, previously Chair of the Residents Committee, replaces Bill as Chair of Mabel Luke Trustee Ltd.
Mabel Luke Place wins award
We are very happy to announce that Mabel Luke Place has been awarded a prestigious award by the Almshouse Association. The award is for Excellence and Inspiration with the 2018 Awards Panel being very impressed with our innovative approach to providing housing for families in need.
First residents move into Mabel Luke Place
Today, the first residents moved into their brand new homes. After three years of work, the re-development of Mabel Luke Place was completed and handed over to the Charity by local builders, Feltham Construction.
We are grateful to our funders who made it possible for us to give sixteen households high quality flats in the centre of Newbury. The £2.5 million needed came from Homes and Community Agency; Greenham Common Trust; West Berkshire Council; Newbury Town Council; Greenham Parish Council; Englefield Trust; the Charity's own resources and a loan from the Charity Bank.
The Directors wish all our residents every happiness in their new homes!
Chairman recognised by Newbury Town Council
Chairman Bill Piner gets recognition from Newbury Town Council for his Civic contribution
Bill was one of a number of people who were nominated for the annual Newbury Town Civic Award in recognition of their work for the community in Newbury.
The nomination was much deserved as Bill has been a trustee of The Charity of Mrs Mabel Luke for 26 years and has served as Chairman 23 years He was also a governor of Park House School and a past Chairman of Greenham Parish Council.
Bill has been the unswerving leader of the plan to make full use of the plot of land purchased by Mrs Mabel Luke in 1928 for the benefit of the people in Newbury and the Parish of Greenham. As a result the project to build a total of 16 Flats in Mabel Luke Place commenced in February 2016.