We have welcomed so many visitors, both regular and new, to our almshouse in recent years and have very much appreciated their support. This year we participated again and received some lovely visitor feedback :
Details of all Heritage Open Day events throughout the country can be found at: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
The sun shone brightly on the 24th and 25th June for the National Garden Scheme weekend.
Combining the entry cost and with donations for refreshments, cream teas etc and plant sales, we raised £558.56 for the scheme.
Details of all gardens which are open throughout the year can be found at:
We very much look forward to welcoming visitors in 2024.
The 425th anniversary of the signing of the hospital’s founding royal charter fell on 27 August 2019 and was celebrated by the residents with a fascinating guided tour of The Old Naval College in Greenwich. The party, headed by 92 year-old Alf Smith, who has lived at the hospital for the last 25 years, delved into the College’s many sights, from the bowling alley in the basement to the newly-restored magnificent Painted Hall. The wealth of history was vividly brought to life by the guide who combined a deep knowledge of site with a wry sense of humour.
Further events to mark the anniversary took place at the beginning of October, starting with a fund-raising dinner aboard HMS Victory, in Portsmouth. Over 90 guests enjoyed a meal that was a masterpiece of clever menu planning and improvisation necessitated by the lack of any cooking facilities on the flagship. Admiral Sir Alan Massey, a former Second Sea Lord, was the guest speaker and he adroitly knitted together his thoughts on the continuity of service exemplified by Sir John Hawkins Hospital, HMS Victory and the today’s Royal Navy. Guests left the ship in the teeth of an October squall but the weather failed to dampen or dim the memory of a splendid evening.
The year’s celebrations culminated at The Annual National Service for Seafarers, held in St Paul’s Cathedral on 9 October. The hospital shared the limelight with Greenwich Hospital Trust as the year’s featured charities in front of a congregation of 1,800, headed by the Lord Mayor of London and including senior figures from the Admiralty Board, Trinity House and maritime professions and charities. The service was a memorable experience for the residents and governors present and it was agreed that Sir John Hawkins Hospital was now primed to face whatever the next 425 years might bring..
1943 - 2022
The Royal Navy has lost one of its great Cold War warriors and post-Cold War leaders with the passing of Admiral The Lord Boyce.
The former submariner, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Defence Staff died at the age of 79 having served the Royal Navy, nation and numerous good causes.
Click for the Royal Navy Tribute: