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Work is well under way at the site of 18 new almshouse apartments owned by the Maidstone Cutbush and Corrall charity.

Helping bring this new scheme to fruition was Gullands’ Chairman, Blair Gulland who has been Clerk to the charity for 23 years. But the firm’s connection with Cutbush and Corrall goes back even further as Blair’s uncle, Douglas Gulland, who founded the law firm with Blair’s father,

John Gulland, was also Clerk for 35 years.

Now, Gullands’ solicitor and charity expert, Alison Westbrook, who, with Blair, has set up Gullands’ Charity Law Centre, has been appointed Administrator.

The site of the new development in Vinters Road, Maidstone, is an extension of the charity’s already existing almshouse development of 34 one bedroom apartments which have provided quality, low-cost homes for local people who are independent, in need, over 55 years old and retired.

The new development, designed by architects, Clagues, and constructed by builders, W.W. Martin, will add to the existing 111 town centre apartments owned by Cutbush and Corrall.

The new almshouses conform to strict energy efficiency standards and are part financed by a grant of £958,000 from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).Blair said: “The unique nature of this development is that the charity secured nearly £1 million from the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) even though we are not a Registered Social Landlord and with no requirement to be so registered. The remainder of the £2.9 million total costs are being met from Cutbush and Corrall reserves.”Trustees and stakeholders gathered to watch chairman, Paul Oldham, turn the first sod in front of Heather Juman from the HCA and Lt Col Anthony De Ritter, Chairman of The Almshouses Association.

Building work will take just under a year to complete and in the meantime the charity welcomes applications from potential residents for the new apartments and their other properties around Maidstone.

“We welcome applications and, bearing in mind their strong association with Maidstone, would dearly like to help former Gurkhas or their wives who are looking for a home in the town,” said Alison Westbrook.

All applicants should ring the charity on 01622 765612 to register their interest or go to the website: to view the existing properties and details of how to apply.

Above: Charity Chairman Paul Oldham (holding spade) withTrustees on site