|Spenborough Flower Fund
Homes ... Celebrating 40+ Years
Forty years after foundation, the doors
to eight new homes built for Spenborough Flower Fund
Homes have been opened by the Mayor of Kirklees.
Councillor Andrew Palfreeman led the
ceremony at the new development in Town Street,
Birkenshaw on 10th September 2010.
The eight flats are the latest in a
series of homes constructed since the housing
association was started in 1969 by Miss Ellen Chanter,
of East Bierley, during her year as Mayor of Spenborough.
Miss Chanter started up the project to
provide rented accommodation so that the over 60s could
retain or regain their independence.
The charity appeal initially raised more
than £10,000 and more money was raised from further
donations in lieu of flowers at funerals.
At Miss Chanter's funeral in 2003,
friends and relatives were also asked to make a donation
as an alternative to sending flowers.
The charity’s first housing project in
Birkenshaw provided eight bungalows on land gifted to
the charity at Hazel Close and the first tenants moved
in to their new homes in 1971. The second project saw an
additional eight flats and six bungalows added at the
In 1986, ten flats were built at Grove
Lane, Gomersal, and a further twenty flats were added in
1998 at Whitehall Grove, Birkenshaw.
To mark its 25th Anniversary
in 1994, the Flower Fund began the search for more land
to build on and, in 2007, the land at Town Street was
The completion of the new Chanter House
development in 2010 takes the total homes built by the
charity to 60.
Regrettably, the latest land was only
found after Miss Chanter’s death but she was actively
engaged in running the charity as Chairman from
foundation until a few months before she died. Current
Chairman, Mr Peter Benson, was instrumental in bringing
the latest project at Town Street to fruition and he
manages the charity along with eight other hard working
volunteer board members.
Spenborough Flower Fund is
now looking for land for the next project but needs
donations to help.