St John’s Winchester, one of the country’s oldest charities, has launched a new history book, ‘Nine Centuries of Care: A History of St John’s Winchester Charity’ which uncovers previously unknown details and challenges some elements of previous histories.
More than 60 residents, staff, trustees and supporters of the charity flocked to St John’s Café in Winchester to buy their copies, hot off the press, and enjoyed seasonal refreshments. The book’s author John Steel met guests, signed dozens of copies of the book, and talked about his fascinating and at times surprising journey researching and writing the book.
Priced at just £7.99 copies are available from the St John’s Winchester office on 01962 854226, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the sale of books will be donated back to the charity and help support its work delivering care to older people of limited financial and other means.
St John’s Winchester vice chair, Martin Lowry, thanked John Steel for his enormous generosity and considerable effort. The book’s foreword, written by outgoing chair of trustees, Richard Steel, read: “The charity has a long and distinguished past, with many fascinating twists and turns, which reflect in many ways the course of our rich local and indeed national history. We are much indebted to John Steel, a former Mayor of Winchester and the charity’s former solicitor, for putting together this diligently researched history of the charity which sheds new light on much of the charity’s past. It has been a labour of love and John has devoted much time to this endeavour. We thank him heartily.”
Director of St John’s Winchester, Clive Cook, added: “We are going through a period of change, adapting to the modern world and redefining our caring mission in the 21st Century. We hope that all those who read this excellent book will be inspired to become involved with our important work.”
St John’s Winchester provides almshouse and care home accommodation for older people in the city. Meanwhile, work has started on an internal extension to provide an additional four rooms at Moorside, the charity’s specialist dementia care home in Durngate in the centre of Winchester, which is currently caring for 27 residents and providing day-care services. Work should be completed in February 2017.