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ESAB logoEast Sussex Association of Blind & Partially Sighted People

The East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People (ESAB) established in 1921, is a registered charity (209535) dedicated to providing vital services to people with sight loss throughout East Sussex for over 90 years. We also offer support in the form of advice and training to help develop skills and confidence in the home, and on mobility to help regain independence, and access to a range of Aids and Equipment.

If you are interested in any of the above, our Social Groups or a visit from our Low Vision Support worker, please call Monday-Thursday 01323 832252.

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THE HOSPITAL OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST TRUST

St Johns trust old

The association of St John the Baptist With the Pevensey area , dates back at least 800 years, shortly after the creation, in Palestine, of the Knights Templar of St John.  In 1207 the town was granted permission, by the King, to hold a seven day fair around the Saint’s Birthday (24th June).

The history of the Trust goes back almost as many years. The First mention of a ‘hospital’ for the needy was in 1292, and a 16th century document says in the language of the day:
almshouse door
‘yf there be to hadde a Man or Woman of the saide Burgage (Borough of Pevensey) the whiche is   come into povertie and have not whereof to lyve, and have borne him or her well by all his or her lyffe, that same Man or Woman in the forsaide Hospitall there sustenances in the same shall take.’

In its early days the Trust was endowed with parcels of land for ‘poor brothers and sisters’ and received donations by important local people. In the middle of the 15th century records show a William Slyhand leaving 40 Shillings to the Hospital of St John the Baptist in Westham, and in 1948 a Henry Dawson left 6s. 8d.

The primary role of the Trust continues to be the welfare of older people from the parishes of Pevensey and Westham. The Trust owns six one-bedroom ‘Almshouse’ bungalows in Westham and one in Pevensey Bay.

The Trust also aims to promote the education (including social and physical training as well as religious instruction in accordance with the doctrines of the Church of England) of local young people under the age of 25. The Trust can help with course fees, purchase of text books and materials, travel expenses and educational trips.

The Trustees would welcome applications for assistance from young people in the parishes, addressed to;
Mrs J. Aris 20 Linkway,
Westham
Pevensey
BN24 5JB

Almshouse vacancies will be published locally and in the press, at the time that they become available, as there is no waiting list.

st johns bungalows

 

The present day almshouse bungalows