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Treasurer – rewarding voluntary role vacancy

A basket holding a pile of coins and a £5 note

Keen to put your accountancy skills to good use? Would like to volunteer your time and abilities to support a local charity? Interested in joining a supportive team of people?

We are looking for an experienced individual with recognised accountancy skills to join our board of the trustees at Glover’s.

This friendly group of volunteers uses its range of work skills and experiences from different walks of life to manage the Trust. They are supported by a full-time Scheme Manager.

Their focus is on providing the residents of our almshouse with the best possible living environment.

The board typically meets six times a year, with individual trustees taking on specialist tasks and responsibilities. As treasurer, you would oversee the Trust’s financial operations and accounts while book-keeping duties are outsourced to the Trust’s accountant.

If you think this role might be for you, please get in touch for a chat and further information by calling on 0121 373 1506 or emailing

We look forward to hearing from you.

Christmas carols

Carol service at Glover's

The tradition of a carol service at Glover’s returned this year by taking the festivities al fresco.

Residents and trustees wrapped up warmly to enjoy the shortened yet still joyful carol service outdoors, led by Reverend Gary Birchall from nearby St Michael’s church.

Mulled wine and mince pies were served before the switching on of the Christmas lights.

Residents were thanked for their resilience and community spirit during the ongoing pandemic and each received a festive food hamper, sourced locally from The Deli in Boldmere.

Tribute to Tony Wood

Tony Wood

We were extremely saddened to hear of the death of Tony Wood.

 Tony was appointed to Glover’s as a Trustee in March 1992. He took responsibility for overseeing the properties and grounds and diligently provided the Trust with his considerable expertise in these matters.  He was a regular attender at meetings and contributed greatly to the affairs of the Trust and also to the wellbeing of the residents.

Tony was always interested and interesting. His love of cricket and tennis were well known and he was an excellent raconteur with a ready sense of humour and wit.

As his health failed in later years, Tony resigned his Trusteeship but always had a keen interest in the affairs of the Trust and we were pleased to welcome him and his wife, Jill, to our Celebratory Event in September 2018 which was held to recognise the successful completion of a major refurbishment of the cottages.

Glover’s will continue to owe Tony a huge debt of gratitude.

Pam Johnston
Chairman of the Trustees




Seasonal cheer

Residents with Christmas hampers

After the extraordinary year that was 2020, our staff and trustees made sure there was some Christmas cheer for residents at Glover’s.

Festive lights decorated the site and food hampers were delivered to residents.

“It was a lovely gesture,” said Margaret, a resident. “We have, of course, missed our Christmas lunch together and carol service.  But what matters is that we’ve all stayed safe and well this year. We look forward to social occasions returning in the brighter times ahead.”

Throughout the pandemic, residents have had the assurance of our scheme manager being on hand daily and 24-hour emergency response should they need it.

To help ease any feelings of isolation, there is also the offer of regular ‘friendship calls’ by phone.

Gardens are unbe-leaf-ably bright and beautiful

Gardener working at Glover's clearing leaves

Even at this time of the year, there’s plenty of gardening work to be done. Our extensive grounds offer a green and serene setting, enjoyed by residents and a myriad of birds and other wildlife.

Our gardener Les is making the most of dry winter days to prepare for spring by clearing leaves, preparing the soil and pruning shrubs. Great work Les!

Celebration for improved homes

Celebration afternoon tea for official opening

Residents and trustees enjoyed an afternoon tea together in our grounds to celebrate the completion of major improvements – and the building of two brand new cottages.

The £2.9 million refurbishment programme has laid the foundations for our future by creating properties that meet the needs and aspirations of our residents for many years to come.

“Glover’s is a peaceful haven and the latest alterations have made it even more special,” said resident Gerry.

Pat recently moved to here. She said: “My home is beautiful, warm and comfortable, and since moving here I’ve made many friends. I feel safe and reassured by the support available.”

Christmas festivities

Residents at their Christmas lunch

Residents at Glover’s have celebrated the spirit of Christmas at two recent social events.  A Christmas lunch was enjoyed at a local hotel, followed by singing and dancing. Everyone was in fine voice too for a joyful carol service held in the residents’ lounge at Glover’s, led by Reverend Gary Birchall from St Michael’s church in Boldmere.


Shortlisted for an excellence award

Front of new build cottages

Front of new build cottages We are delighted to be shortlisted for the prestigious Patron’s Award from the Almshouse Association. The annual award celebrates outstanding almshouse developments.

Members of the awards committee recently visited us to see for themselves the refurbishment and new build work we’ve carried out, visiting three different properties and their residents.

The committee’s recommendations are being made to HRH The Prince of Wales, patron of the Almshouse Association. An announcement is expected in mid-June 2018.

Update: Although we didn’t win, we are thrilled to have been shortlisted and to know the judging panel were impressed by the renovations we have made to our properties.

Let’s celebrate!

Party food and chat at residents' events

It’s not always tea and cakes at Glover’s – sometimes there’s bubbly too!

Residents recently enjoyed socialising at two celebratory events, with plenty of food, drink and music.

A much-liked resident, Irene, was remembered at a tea party held in her memory.

“My aunt spent many happy years at Glover’s Trust and I think she would really have enjoyed the idea of a ‘get together’,” said her niece Alison, who generously funded the event which residents organised.

Key organiser Geraldine added: “Irene was a lovely, funny lady – and a great neighbour to have. It felt special to remember her in this way.”

An afternoon party was also held to mark the completion of the major refurbishment of Glover’s, including the building of two additional cottages.

Our chairman Pam Johnston took the opportunity to thank residents for their co-operation during the upheaval, and wished everyone continued enjoyment of their updated facilities.

Thanks too were paid to resident Linda who has retired from her role providing support to the scheme manager, after many years of dedicated service.

Sarah Glover Close is our new street name

The philanthropist Sarah Glover, who founded Glover’s Trust almost 200 years ago, has been celebrated with a street being named in her honour.

Sarah Glover Close is the new street name for the Glover’s housing development, which lies off the main Chester Road. Properties here were previously addressed as being on the main road.

Trustees and residents thought the recent redevelopment of homes at Glover’s was an ideal opportunity to commemorate Sarah, the wife of a prominent Birmingham builder.

Birmingham City Council has approved the change and new street signs will soon be installed.