Three residents Pauline Drewery, Ann Staley and Vicky Jackson with clerk to the trustees, Richard Waite. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

A time honoured celebration has been marked at Castle Rising.

Residents of the village’s Trinity Hospital almshouses wore their ceremonial scarlet cloaks and black Welsh hats last Saturday for the annual Founder’s Day celebration.

The event marks the establishment of the cottages, built between 1609 and 1614 by Henry Howard, the Earl of Northampton.

Residents, trustees and guests attended a Holy Communion in the chapel conducted by trustee Rev Canon James Nash, followed by lunch of turkey and all the trimmings in the refectory.

Gloria Waite was a guest of the trustees this year in recognition of the years of service carried out by her late husband, Desmond, who died in December. 

Mr Waite was a former clerk to the trustees of Trinity Hospital for 50 years.

His son Richard, clerk for the past 10 years, said the Founder’s Day ceremony was traditionally held on the last Saturday of February – the date nearest to the death of the Earl –  to celebrate his endowment.

Six residents currently occupy the almshouses. The three sets of cottages were originally built as sheltered accommodation for 12 single women in the parish, aged over 55.