Heartwarming legacy of two nurses

TWO nursing sisters wanted their home to go to good use after their death – and today their legacy is helping people in Hadleigh.Mavis Burrows and Ruby Bulcock – who were midwives and district nurses – lived in The Bungalow in Calais Street, Hadleigh.

TWO nursing sisters wanted their home to go to good use after their death - and today their legacy is helping people in Hadleigh.

Mavis Burrows and Ruby Bulcock - who were midwives and district nurses - lived in The Bungalow in Calais Street, Hadleigh.

And the site of their former home is today the setting for four brand new flats and a new premises for the Hadleigh Healing Society.

The midwives first formed the Hadleigh Healing Society in 1976, after retiring from the NHS.


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They ran the society - which provided natural healing - from their home.

After their death, The Bungalow was left to Eve Stonell, the present-day treasurer of the Hadleigh Healing Society.

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The midwives' express wish was that it was made available for healing as long as the need was there and then to provide housing for people who could not otherwise afford it.

The Bungalow was therefore sold to Suffolk Housing Society.

Suffolk Housing Society demolished the old bungalow and in its place built four new flats and a purpose-built healing centre, which is being let at a peppercorn rent to the Hadleigh Healing Society.

The new development has even been called Sisters' Court in honour of the two midwives.

Steve Clarke, chief executive of Suffolk Housing Society, said: "This was an excellent project to develop. The result enables a long-established community asset to continue its work while we have created much-needed affordable housing in this rural market town."

Hadleigh Healing Society will now be able to provide its hands-on natural healing in the new premises. Secretary Michael Herlihy said: "It is excellent. It has got three healing rooms and a lounge area and a garden. It will make a big difference. The old bungalow - where we were practising before - was in a state of disrepair."

The scheme cost £317,000, of which £208,000 was provided through a grant from the Housing Corporation.

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